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
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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.