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Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York. (From IMDb)
What I Liked
- I got this as a Christmas present over a year ago, and for some reason had never watched it. What is really interesting about it is that it is an anthology, of twelve different short films, all written and directed separately. Each segment of the film stands alone, with a couple of actors appearing occasionally in transitional scenes.
- The nature of the film, being an anthology, meant that you never knew who was going to appear next. I particularly enjoyed seeing Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Orlando Bloom, Chris Cooper, Uğur Yücel and Anton Yelchin.
Talking of Irrfan Khan, I’ve mentioned before how much I like him (in Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man), so I was excited to see him pop up again in this. I really do love his face.
I hardly ever watch films that do not have a traditional linear narrative, so when I chance upon one that doesn’t follow this, it makes a pleasant change. It was a bit odd, but in a good way.
It’s always nice (if not original) to see New York portrayed on film.
What I Didn’t Like
The section directed by Shekhar Kapur was weird, and not in a good way. I really didn’t enjoy it, and it didn’t even have anything to do with the fact that I can’t stand Shia LaBoeuf.
The segments are all supposed to be linked together by a character who is a videographer, who is making film about the people of the city. I think maybe I might have preferred it if this wasn’t the case, if it was just an anthology of separate stories. I don’t really know how I feel about this aspect of the film!