Spain/US 98m, Colour
Director: Woody Allen; Cast: Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, Naomi Watts, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Pauline Collins
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is Woody Allen’s dry observation that faith has it purposes, despite the fact that it is usually based on something utterly nonsensical – such as a religion or fortune-telling. Set against the backdrop of a mother’s failed relationship, and her daughters failing relationship, is a cynical melodramatic story whose sole message is that one needs only to delude themselves to be happy. Despite the film’s many loose ends, which lends a feeling of incompleteness, Allen’s observations need not be burdened by a tidy ending – although it seems a missed opportunity not to have had the fortune teller predict the outcomes for us (Klaus Ming April 2012).