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The final part of Bernard Rose’s lo-fi, modern-day Tolstoy trilogy

With all the benefits and burps that improvisation brings, the final part of Bernard Rose’s lo-fi, modern-day Tolstoy trilogy (after Ivansxtc and The Kreutzer Sonata) wobbles between immediacy and self-indulgence.

We’re in the car, gripped, as Matthew Jacobs’ likeable chauffeur drives Danny Huston’s persuasively pompous businessman between dodgy property deals in deep-freeze Denver.

When the sat-nav fails, we want out: the bickering duo’s banter begins to bore, and a timely recessionary fable turns into a trumped-up redemptive allegory almost as lofty as 2012’s other Tolstoy tale, Anna Karenina.

The director/cast commentary is equally haphazard.

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