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Forty Shades Of Blue

4

Memphis-born director Ira Sachs keeps the action in his home state with this mismatched-triangle drama loosely inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Charulata. Rip Torn, in a role tailor-made for him, is veteran music producer Alan, a member of Memphis royalty whose track record goes back to the glory years of the ‘60s. From a visit to Russia he’s brought back a trophy wife, a willowy blonde called Laura (Dina Korzun). Far younger than her bullish husband, Laura’s hopelessly lost in this alien society, so when Alan’s son Michael (Darren E Burrows) arrives on a visit she’s dangerously susceptible to his advances.

Sachs’ sense of place and his subtle, watchful style lend the banal set-up a rare poignancy, and both Torn and Korzun give deeply-felt performances. The film’s only weak point is Michael – too spoilt and self-pitying to make Laura’s attraction to him convincing.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 23rd 2006

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