The 55th BFI London Film Festival opens tonight!
Oh. Fernando Meirelles. This is no City of God. This isn't even Love Actually.
It just. Doesn't. Work. So... there's sex trafficking, infidelity, infidelity, people meeting on a plane, loooooads of interminable airport scenes, a brilliant bit of Anthony Hopkins in AA (but his character never rings true), pretty brunettes bringing sad guys redemption through their smiles, a thumping and terribly obvious score (we're with Russian people now, does it sound Russian enough???)...
It never feels as though there is a meaning behind these superficially interconnected lives. And if there was meant to be a main character, well, giving her a bit of voiceover at the start and at the end... that isn't consistent enough. Sadly.
There are several narrative strands but only one or two will keep you sitting there waiting for more. It's a shame.
Don't worry though; the London Film Festival has a lot more to offer. As for Meirelles? Hopefully he'll get back on form asap.
The London Film Festival is running 12-27 October 2011. For more information, please go to http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/