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Woody Allen's latest is a spellbinding amoral life lesson that takes place in London and stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Chris, a social-climbing tennis instructor who woos the sister (Emily Mortimer) of wealthy Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode). The thorn in the rose is Tom's sexy actress fiancee Nola (Scarlett Johansson), with whom Chris starts a passionate affair. The result is ambition, intrigue, lust and eventually murder. If you put your faith in fate or luck, the moral and philosophical questions Allen raises here are sardonic indeed. Jonathan Rhys Meyers looks beautiful but also seems sly and calculating, which fits perfectly with his character. Emily Mortimer has an innate sweetness and Scarlett Johansson adds a lush sensuality onscreen. The end is like getting doused with a bucket of cold water -- sobering but profound. A major, thrilling work from Woody Allen.

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