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Love’s labour’s lost

OUT NOW! An interesting premise drowns in banality in bookish romance WORDS AND PICTURES.

Clive Owen plays a drunk, washed-up author who teaches English. He falls for a crippled, cranky Juliette Binoche who teaches art. They start a ‘war’ to define whose trade is more powerful and thus begin to intellectually duke it out. A decent premise perhaps, but Fred Schepisi’s film is, regretfully, a misconceived and incredibly banal call-to-arms; think Dead Poets Society but without all that suicide, emotion and class. Owen compares a tweet to a haiku. There’s really little else to say.

Words and Pictures | Directed Fred Schepisi (USA 2013) with Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche. Starts May 22

Originally published in issue #127, May 2014.