Woody Allen ushers "Tall Dark Stranger" into Cannes
By Bob Tourtellotte
CANNES, France (Reuters) - For anyone thinking age has its benefits -- wisdom, maturity, etc. -- veteran film director Woody Allen has a message: you're wrong.
The Oscar winner's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" -- a witty tale of marriage gone awry -- features one particular romance that makes audiences look closely at aging.
Launching his new film at the Cannes festival on Saturday, and Allen told reporters that with 74 years behind him, he has had plenty of time to dwell on getting older and he hates it.
"I find it a lousy deal," he said. "You don't get smarter, you don't get wiser, you don't get more mellow, you don't get more kindly. Nothing really happens. Your back hurts more, you get more indigestion, your eyesight isn't as good, you need a hearing aid. It's a bad business getting older, and I would advise you not to do it."
While there is no doubt some of his best work is behind him: "Annie Hall," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and a more recent hit "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the veteran writer/director still has what it takes to comment on love and life in his movies.
"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" is a wry take on two married couples and their respective mates.
Anthony Hopkins and Gemma Jones play an older couple who have divorced because he wants to regain his youth. He takes up with a younger woman, while his ex-wife trains her eye on the future and becomes addicted to seeing a fortune teller.
Naomi Watts plays their only daughter whose husband (James Brolin) is a mediocre novelist. Both long to escape their marriage but when they do, they find that love relationships can often have bittersweet endings. Continued...