Bilge Ebiri
June 03, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Theory of Flight

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
01/22/99
performer
Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh
director
Paul Greengrass
distributor
Fine Line Features
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C+

In The Theory of Flight a troubled artist (Branagh) finds himself caring for a young woman with a debilitating illness (Bonham Carter) and tries to fulfill her greatest wish — losing her virginity. Partners in real life, the leads are solid (especially Bonham Carter in a technically impressive performance), but the setup is queasy, and the film is more interested in clumsy whimsical interludes and overbaked flight-as-metaphor sequences than in the characters. C+

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