The wife of a filthy-rich businessman finds herself helpless & abandoned when her husband commits suicide when put behind bars for his illegal business indulgences & their son leaves them. She gets back to her sister who she hadn’t bothered to care about in her wealthy days. In her course of stay at her sister’s place, she lives depressed & disillusioned of her current situation, influencing her sister too in the process thereby jeopardising her sister’s personal life.
Running Time:
98 min
Release date:
23 August 2013
Directed by:
Woody Allen
Produced by:
Letty Aronson
Stephen Tenenbaum
Edward Walson
Written by:
Woody Allen
Cate Blanchett
Alec Baldwin
Bobby Cannavale
Louis C.K.
Andrew Dice Clay
Music by:
Christopher Lennertz
Shot by:
Javier Aguirresarobe
Editing by:
Alisa Lepselter
Distributed by:
Sony Pictures Classics

What’s Hot

  • This Woody Allen flick amazes you for the fact that the man, at this age, after very many films, can still come up with something not so much in common with his earlier flicks. A simple story has been dealt with quite admirably having nicely interlaced portions of its lead actors shown back & forth in time.
  • There is a loud noise around Cate Blanchett being the top contender for the Best Actress Oscar this year & watching this film clearly tells you why that is the case. She comes up trumps in giving out a myriad of emotions that one would expect to see from a shocked & deranged person living in denial of her life’s failure.
  • Sallie Hawkins gives her solid competition in the scenes she shares screen with Cate. Alec Baldwin, with his posh mannerisms & Andrew Clay, with his ungroomed expressions complete a good casting picture.
  • The scenes surrounding Cate, Sallie Hawkins & Andrew Clay build the film’s case well & also offer good scope for entertainment.
  • Dialogues are always a hallmark in Woody Allen flicks & this one is no exception. Be it the conversation of the sisters & friends at the dock or the monologues of Jasmine, they are intense & witty at the same time. Alisa Lepselter’s editing takes the quiet & neat line that editing in Allen films usually takes.

What’s Not

  • A film carrying such emotional weight would be expected to have some high points to create impact but there are very few in the film & that is one reason why the climax doesn’t hit you hard.
  • Absence of Woody Allen as a character in his own film is always a disappointment but given his age, one must get used to it & be happy he is at least making films.



Verdict Stamp

A well-mixed Woody Allen potion of drama, fun & agony at the expense of a disturbed woman faking her true self to look better in the eyes of the society.