Starring: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli and Violante Placido
Story: As an assassin, Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde. Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara. Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. (Focus Features)
Bottom Line: Although the trailers would have you believe otherwise, this is not George Clooney’s version of the Jason Bourne films. So anyone looking for wall-to-wall action will probably be disappointed. It’s quiet, quaint, subdued, intelligent, scenically stunning and ambles along at its own foreign film-like, lets-not-be-in-a-hurry-to-get-where-we’re-going cinematic pace.