Fortunately, for a film this subdued, Ariola and his casting director Francine Maisler have culled just the right crop of actors to bring the story to life -- starting with the star they've cast in the title role, Colin Firth (shown below and further below). Does any performer do "quiet" better than this guy? Doubt it. Firth is such an intelligent actor, one who seems particularly given to "interiority," allowing viewers to first be aware of and then often even to gaze into his interior life. So many actors seem unlikely to possess interior organs, let alone an interior life, that watching someone such as Firth perform is a unalloyed pleasure.
Lucas Hedges), his ex-wife (Kristin Lehman), even his current squeeze (the always reliable, still beautiful and often surprising Anne Heche).
Emily Blunt, another oft-seen and versatile performer who can handle roles as disparate as The Young Victoria and one of the sisters in Sunshine Cleaning. Blunt and Firth make a very good couple, playing off of each other with grace and finesse. Here, Blunt plays the proverbial "bad" girl just itching to be set right, and Firth, of course, is just the guy to do it. But first must come the rest of the movie.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group and running 101 minutes, opens this Friday, April 26, at (by my count) 131 thea-ters across the country -- from New York to California and points in between. Click here to see 'em all -- both cities and theaters.