A kind of British American Beauty, this smartly acted adaptation of the angsty Julian Barnes novel concerns a young father (Bale) who seeks an escape from suburban stagnation after receiving a visit from a hedonistic old chum (Lee Ross). Watson’s beguiling performance (as Bale’s wife) and welcome dashes of surrealism enliven this insightful portrait of an evolving marriage.
(0:05 and 0:36) Yearning for his youth, Bale flashes back to a Blow-Up-esque photo/make-out session with an alluring Frenchwoman.
The Last Detail
Metroland’s eclectic score is by guitarist Mark Knopfler, whose 1979 hit with Dire Straits, ”Sultans of Swing,” can be heard in a bar scene. B+