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EVEN the director of this torpid ensemble piece has been busily washing his hands of the project.

Paul Haggis, best known for the Oscar-winning Crash, has admitted Third Person is "flawed" - and that's an understatement.

This multi-stranded tale of love and sex is so cold, dull and so keen to wallow in unearned poignancy that you're caught between wanting to doze off and simultaneously throwing your hands in the air.

The focus is a blocked writer Michael (Liam Neeson) who, when not beating himself up over leaving wife Theresa (Maria Bello), is playing tedious mind games with his mistress Anna (Olivia Wilde).

Meanwhile, in Italy, Adrien Brody is US corporate spy Scott who falls for a buxom Roma gypsy and in New York, Julia (Mila Kunis) is struggling to secure custody of her son from ex Rick ( James Franco).

What does it all mean? Not very much, I suspect, with the cast sombrely delivering lines about trust and frailty while starring broodily into the middle distance.


LOVERS Michael and Anna

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 14, 2014
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