Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Truth is not important

"Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off, but it's better if you do."Being earnest about truth can be very hurtful and you soon realise as the movie goes along. There are four characters in the film, and just then when you start thinking this film is all about love or lust, you are proved woefully wrong by the time the film culminates.

The story gets underway with Alice (Natalie Portman), a New York stripper, arriving in London and being slightly injured when she steps in front of a moving taxi. A stranger named Dan (Jude Law) comes to her aid, and she moves in with him.

The narrative moves fast forward and fast reverse and you have to listen to the conversation to understand where each of the characters stand and who is in love with whom but also need to understand who is sleeping with whom. For most part of the movie, you can expect lot of nudity and sex scenes, but there are none. The honesty with which the characters speak out and shocking and but honestly you don't get to hear such honesty in films and in real life.

Sometime later, Dan's book based on Alice is being prepared for publication, and when he gets his picture taken for the jacket, he meets the photographer Anna (Julia Roberts). He and Anna exchange a few kisses, but she declines to get involved with him because he is living with Alice.

Two self loving souls meet each other and you know instantly the denial can harbinger love than anything else. The fact that you get things too easily can be spoiler and you start treating it like shit is it success or love.

Later still, Dan is in an Internet chat room called "London Sex Anon," pretending to be Anna. He directs the person he is chatting with to a place where Anna had mentioned spending lots of time, and that's how she meets the dermatologist Larry (Clive Owen). Soon Anna and Larry becomes a couple, and from there, the movie takes off in directions I didn't see coming.

From that moment on, the film spirals into unknown territories and you ask yourself, is truth so important? It might bring up more pain then even talking about it. A great text on relationship and you might despise it at the outset, but it is definitely a thought provoking film and that's why it is not important if you really want to know the truth.

The stripper scene between Clive Owen and Natalie Portman is very interesting, and you constantly move yourself being a voyeur with all the various hidden cameras, you will feel you should not be listening or watching the proceedings, the film maker traps you inside and thrusts truth down you throat. Its bitter and painful, you soon realise.

My Rating: 9/10

Mike Nichols

Writers (WGA):
Patrick Marber
Natalie Portman ... Alice
Jude Law ... Dan
Julia Roberts ... Anna
Clive Owen ... Larry


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