The film is centred on Alfie and Helena who splited up after 40 years of marriage and their daughter Sally. Sally is married to Roy but she realizes that she is unhappy and really needs a way out. So we follow Alfie, Helena, Sally and her husband Roy in their new lives, in which they try to catch their dreams. Alfie does not want to grow old; Helena wants to be happy again after her nervous breakdown; Sally wants to make a brilliant career and have her own art gallery; and Roy desperately wants to acquire fame with his writings, despite being a bad writer. They all have a new lover and try as hard as they can to make the best of it. Although Helena is apparently the only one to find the way to happiness, Sally says that it is thanks to Crystal, a charlatan who keeps on telling Helena her future and giving her hope.
If there is just one thing that we must remember, it is the sentence pronounced by Sally, referring to the disillusionment of all the characters except Helena: “Sometimes the illusion works better than the medicine”. Helena is the only one to know happiness while everybody’s life is troubled and this is because she lives in a world of illusions: she is not at all down-to-earth.
Even if it is a very unusual movie, it is worth being seen, at least for the message which is delivered: we all should find a balance in our life between our rationality and our illusions. The storylines are well arranged and perfectly linked together. Even if there is not much action, we are carried away by the movie. We heartily recommend you to go and see it!
The cast mainly consists of Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Lucy Punch, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto.
Maite Moriaux and Xavier Henrotte.