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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Jean-Marc Val­lée. Star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper Bizarre, mal­func­tion­ing psy­chodrama from the di­rec­tor of Dal­las Buy­ers Club and Wild. Gyl­len­haal is a fi­nan­cial whiz kid who, fol­low­ing the death of his wife, be­gins an im­plau­si­ble re­la­tion­ship with the cus­tomer ser­vices man­ager of a vend­ing-ma­chine com­pany. What? No, it re­ally makes no sense. Gyl­len­haal does this class of dam­aged all-Amer­i­can very well, and Val­lée has a good eye for a dreamy im­age. But the film is ut­terly an­ni­hi­lated by its stylis­tic con­trivance and lu­di­crous self-im­por­tance. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 100 min

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