Leave All Fair | Chicago Reader

You searched for:

Search for…

Narrow Search

  • Author

  • Rating

  • Show only

John Reid's New Zealand production comes on like a parody of the stiff literary dramas, filled with cultured allusions, pale romance, and period costumes, that have for so long been a staple of the British cinema, yet it's clear from the breathy, reverent tone that no one's kidding. John Gielgud plays the elderly John Middleton Murray, taking the opportunity of a visit to France to fret over the injustices done to his late wife, the writer Katherine Mansfield, when a trick of fate puts him in the company of a young lady who—can it be true?—is a dead ringer for the dead woman (in a novel twist of casting, both are played by the same actress, Jane Birkin). The actors strike poses in a variety of handsome interiors and pastel-toned landscapes as Reid dawdles over the tiniest, least original paradoxes of his pathetically derivative screenplay; if the picture moved any more slowly, Streets and Sanitation would come and tow it away.

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Leave All Fair


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

Roll over stars and click to rate.