Adapted from a novel by John Fante, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust stars Colin Farrell as Arturo Bandini, a young writer who comes to Los Angeles during the Great Depression in order to write a novel. As the film opens, he is down to his last nickel and decides to spend it on coffee in a diner. He is served by Camilla (Salma Hayek), a Mexican beauty he is instantly attracted to even though he treats her horribly during their first interaction. Soon the pair is involved in a relationship that finds them sparring with each other at first, but slowly learning to trust each other. Bandini meets the acquaintance of a desperate woman who sees him as the most desirable man in the world. Eventually Arturo and Camilla get away from the city and their love deepens as he attempts to finish his novel. Donald Sutherland co-stars as a seedy but helpful and loyal neighbor. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Despite all the negative reviews, I really loved and enjoyed this movie. This tear jerker didn't have the expected happy ending, but it is worth watching. There was real chemisty between Salma and collin and their love story was believable.
This movie had all the pieces to be great: Actors/Actresses, setting and story. Terrible dialogue and lack of character development. Movies with narrations usually are provoke interest because, you understand character development better. However it really went no where in this movie. Their relationship did not make sense. Why was Colin playing hard to get? Because she was Mexican? Because he was broke? Because she was illiterate? I give it two stars because Salma is beautiful.
I enjoyed this movie, and am only giving it 4 stars instead of five, because the ending seemed rushed. With that out of the way, this is a good romantic movie for those who want a little something different from a romance. An earlier reviewer said that the main character (Arturo Bandini) was juvenile and that overall the movie was confusing. Unfortunately, not all men have the ability to be mature. Arturo was an adult, but he lived outside your conventional comfort zone; he throws petty insults at those he adores because he's uncomfortable with his ability to get attention any other way; maybe if he was played by a fat overweight plumber it would have made more sense in the negative reviews eyes, but to me this isn't far from some of my own past relationships... Confusing and juvenile... sure... but who's perfect? and who wants to see cookie cuter love stories?
I almost never write a review. But I felt I had to in this case. Without getting into it too deeply, I would just like to say to my fellow BlockBuster viewers: DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!! Go watch grass grow - it will be more interesting.
This poorly written soap opera is surprisingly bad given its pedigree. I should have heeded the low rating from other BB viewers and disregarded the "Two Thumbs Up" this film somehow garnered. Farrell's character is uninteresting and juvenile. The story is meandering, confusing and unengaging. And the only highlights in this draggy film were the nude scenes with Salma Hayek. She looks great! Without her disrobing for a strangely uninterested Farrell every 20 minutes, I'd give this disaster zero stars
If you think you would like yet another movie set in the Depression where a couple of people fall in love and then one gets TB (as we have seen a million times over)...then you should rent this movie. It also deals with an immense amount of racial discrimination, which the lead, Arturo (played by Colin Farrell) never gets over his "love" not being white enough for him; and does nothing for disproving stereotypes, so in the end, you're left a bit frustrated with it all.
A movie that seems much longer than it actually is because the characters are irritating. The story revolves around a romance between Arturo and Camilla, a couple who act like they hate each other because they each have issues, so it takes forever for them to get together. It's just annoying and stupid.
The title should have been "Not Worth the Dust". Too bad. It started out intriguing, but as one reviewer said it progressively lost more and more momentum as it went on. In the end there was little point to it. The one star goes for the attractive and decently portrayed main characters. Too bad they had little material. Why Donald Sutherland would even accept such a stupid role is beyond me.