Karine Vanasse - The Los Angeles Premiere of "Focus" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California. - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 25th February 2015
Karine Vanasse - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' new film "Focus." The premiere was held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 24th February 2015
Elena Satine, Nick Wechsler, Karine Vanasse, Emily Vancamp and Gabriel Mann - Disney & ABC Television Group's TCA Winter Press Tour - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Disney - Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015
Karine Vanasse - A host of stars turned out for the Disney ABC Television Critics Aassociation Winter Press Tour which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015
Karine Vanasse - Shots from red carpet as a host of stars arrived at the 2014 International Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards ceremony which were held at the New York Hilton hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 24th November 2014
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A handsome misfire of romanticized misfortune and decadence, war and idealism, tragedy and melodrama, "Head in the Clouds" aspires to be a sweetly risqué twist on the spirit of "Casablanca." But miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset.
Underwhelming, accent-wavering Stuart Townsend ("Queen of the Damned") stars as Guy, an aspiring young writer and political idealist who comes under the spell of Gilda (Charlize Theron), a magnetically reckless woman who lives for the moment and for pleasure, believing she's doomed to die at 34 (as per an opening-scene palm reading). Passionate but uncommitted lovers at Cambridge in the early 1930s, they meet again in Paris just before the German occupation, where their disparate values in sex and life lead their renewed affair into tumultuous territory.
Townsend and Theron (a couple in real life) are wrong for their parts, both of which call for actors who can wear their intellects on their sleeves for confrontations that are at once lusty, emotionally raw and political in nature. More appropriately cast is Penelope Cruz as Mia, another of Gilda's lovers and a sexy Spanish dancer who became crippled, then turned to nursing in the hopes of returning to her country to serve in its republican revolution.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.