Third Person (film)

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Third Person
Teaser poster
Teaser poster
Directed by Paul Haggis
Produced by
Screenplay by Paul Haggis
Starring
Music by Dario Marianelli
Cinematography Gianfilippo Corticelli
Edited by Jo Francis
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) (TIFF)
  • June 20, 2014 (2014-06-20) (United States, limited)
Running time
137 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Germany
Belgium[1]
Language English
Box office $1,021,398[2]

Third Person is a 2013 British-German-American romance film directed and written by Paul Haggis and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias, Kim Basinger, and Maria Bello.[3] The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.[4]

Plot[edit]

The film tells three inter-connected love stories that take place in Paris, New York and Rome.

Paris: Michael (Liam Neeson), a writer who recently left his wife Elaine, receives a visit from his lover Anna (Olivia Wilde). The story explores their very complicated on/off relationship due to her inability to commit because of a terrible secret.[5]

New York: Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress turned hotel maid is accused of harming her young son, a charge which she firmly denies. As a result of these charges, he is now in the custody of her ex-husband Rick (James Franco) who is trying everything in his power to take the boy away from her. Meanwhile, she is trying at all costs to regain custody of her son.

Rome: Scott (Adrien Brody), an American business man on a trip to Italy, falls in love with a Romanian woman, Monika (Moran Atias). Scott is inevitably drawn into a plot where he tries to free Monika's daughter who has been kidnapped by a Spanish gangster and is being held for ransom. Emotions run high as the viewer and Scott question whether this is a set up or not.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The first international trailer of the film was released on April 15, 2014,[6] followed by a domestic poster on the next day.[7] The first US trailer was released on April 18.[8] The film was released in the United States on June 20, 2014.

Reception[edit]

Third Person received negative reviews from critics. The film has a 24% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 102 reviews with an average rating of 4.4/10, with the consensus: "Third Person finds writer-director Paul Haggis working with a stellar cast and a worthy premise; unfortunately, he fails to fashion a consistently compelling movie out of the intriguing ingredients at his disposal."[9] Metacritic gave the film a rating of 37/100, based on 27 reviews.[10]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 30, 2014.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vlessing, Etan (28 July 2013). "Toronto 2013: Paul Haggis on Being Miserable, Producing 'Third Person'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Third Person". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maria Bello Joins Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Third Person". Cinema Blend. October 17, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Shoard, Catherine (July 23, 2012). "Toronto film festival 2013: The Fifth Estate to open packed Oscars preview". The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Third Person (2013): Plot Summary". Internet Movie Database. 
  6. ^ McDaniel, Matt (15 April 2014). "'Third Person' Trailer: Liam Neeson and Co-Stars Leave Their Comfort Zone". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Third Person poster". IMP Awards. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Anderton, Ethan (18 April 2014). "Liam Neeson Writes Melodrama in First US Trailer for 'Third Person'". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Third Person". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Third Person". Metacritic. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Third Person". DVD Release Dates. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 

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