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Ask the Dust (2006)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, more...
Director: Robert Towne, Robert Towne
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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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, All Movie Guide

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Boredom and Amazement by talltale July 31, 2006 - 7:37 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
ASK THE DUST start out so charmingly and interestingly that I found myself thinking, "What was wrong with critics and audiences that this film flopped so badly?" Then the movie passed the half-hour mark and.... now I know. By the end, I'd been treated to one of the duller stories of a sour relationship with most of the clichés intact but without any specifics that might reveal the depths of that relationship. What was Robert Towne, director/adapter of John Fante's novel, thinking in order to end up with something this simple-minded and pointless? Perhaps his love for the book (which I have not read) blinded him to the differing strengths and needs of novels and movies.

Whatever: the series of increasingly lifeless scenes between Farrell & Hayek culminate in an almost laughably sentimental and silly ending. Idina Menzel (everyone's favorite "Wicked" witch) fares best, due to her rather brief appearance, which is full of anger, need, sadness and more life that anyone else exhibits here. Caleb Deschanel's cinematography is crack, as usual, and we do get an eye-opening look at Hayek's incredible body but only a glimpse of Farrell's full-frontal. The latter was deleted from "A Home at the End of the World" for artistic reasons because this supposedly amazing sight might have thrown the movie off-kilter. "Ask the Dust" could sure use a little "amazement," from whatever source it might be found.

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