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Time Out says

One of the most impressive and multi-layered explorations of the international fault lines made terminally apparent by 9/11, Sally Potter’s new feature follows an intercultural love affair that struggles to define itself outside and beyond the weight of its historical and political implications. She (Allen, superb) is a North American-Irish woman living in London. He (Abkarian, equally compelling) is a Lebanese surgeon in exile, forced to work in a basement kitchen. As their relationship unfolds, Potter launches a head-on interrogation of various meeting points and divisions, between rationality and imagination, the West and ‘the other’, between consumerism and violence, and of course, between men and women... That this is all told in blank verse should put nobody off. This is political film-making firmly rooted in the passions and urgency of the body, with the title a strong indicator of the affirmative feelings at play. A major work by one of Britain’s most consistently intriguing, ambitious and fiercely independent film-makers.
Written by GE

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 5 August 2005
  • Duration:100 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Sally Potter
  • Screenwriter:Sally Potter
  • Cast:
    • Joan Allen
    • Simon Abkarian
    • Sam Neill
    • Shirley Henderson
    • Sheila Hancock
    • Samantha Bond
    • Stephanie Leonidas
    • Gary Lewis
    • Wil Johnson
    • Raymond Waring
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