Leah Rozen and Lesley Messer
January 29, 2007 12:00 PM

Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn

DRAMA

There’s no faulting this movie’s performances or its serious intentions—but they add up to zip. That’s because it’s all too apparent that writer-director Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain) is manipulating his characters so much here that they are more puppets than people. Law plays a trendy urban designer in London who, though married to moody Penn, begins an affair with a widowed Balkan refugee (Binoche). Everyone moons about endlessly, trying to figure out what will make them happy, except for a gabby hooker (Vera Farmiga, amusing in a cheerful cameo) who knows that sometimes a steaming cup of java on a cold night is enough. (R)

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