Sunday, December 4, 2011

Smoke (1995) dir. Wayne Wang, written by Paul Auster

Sure - it would be impossible not to love a film whose actors include Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker and Stockard Channing. But it's the writing, too. The characters push against their stereotypes, and are good - they are - and the movie's about that. How to be generous and good within life's weirdness. The storyline is compelling and unpredictable.

The advertisement makes it look like a screwball comedy. There are some light moments, but they have a real humanity, and the dark moments do too.

I'm late to the party on this one, but I bet it's a film that reveals something on each viewing. I'm putting it on my watch-in-a-decade list.

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