Adapted from author Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal, director Isabel Coixet's elegant tale of obsession explores the relationship between a highly respected professor (Ben Kingsley) and an impossibly gorgeous grad student (Penélope Cruz). As their relationship deepens, the professor finds his ego challenged by the girl's enchanting beauty. Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Complex characters with a myriad of issues, yet at its core the film is simply about love. Outstanding and believable performances and a story line that has spurred more thought since watching the film than during the film.
What a tragic movie. What great acting. Glad I saw it, but very depressing. Improbable couple, who knows what the mutual attractions were, unless you were one of them. Being a cheerful person, I SO wanted a happy ending. Wonderful acting - award work.