It’s hard to imagine a better pairing of international stars than Juliette Binoche and Edgar Ramirez. The former has given a string of stunning performances in everything from the Three Colors Trilogy to the recent Certified Copy, but I had a tinge of fear after the latter, Carlos star went Hollywood in the dull Wrath of the Titans. He’s back to more promising fare in Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty later this year, but in between, he’s got a foreign romantic drama titled An Open Heart.
We first reported on the film from Marion Laine last fall, going under the title A Monkey On My Shoulder, which is still used in some territories. After being shown to distributors on the Cannes marketplace this last spring, a teaser and the first still have finally arrived. The film follows the two as expecting couple and surgeons, then things go downhill as they tend to do in these types of films. Although it’s hard to just from a quick tease, there seems to be some serious chemistry as expected and one can check it out below via MK2.
Mila and Javier, both renowned surgeons and both passionate about their work, have been madly in love for the past 10 years. They have always taken great care to preserve their extraordinary love for each other and refuse to succumb to the routine of everyday living. But Mila’s unexpected pregnancy, combined with increasing pressure from work at the hospital, drives Javier to drink more heavily and he ends up being suspended. Faced with his demons, Javier drifts further and further away from Mila. Yet, when their relationship is under serious threat, Javier is ready to do whatever it takes to win Mila back.
A Monkey On My Shoulder hits theaters in France next week with no US distribution yet.
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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