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

Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn


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)