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Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) has followed the example of Kubrick (2001), Tarkovsky (Solaris) and, at a push, even Verhoeven (Starship Troopers) in this his sophomore feature film. By setting it in an imaginary future world in order to comment on the ills of modern society global warming, the cult of celebrity, drugs and materialism - Vinterberg essays his own deeply personal catastrophic vision of the future.

The bulk of the film takes place in New York 2021, a place full of Felini- esque characters and quirks. People are mysteriously dropping dead in the street and nobody seems to care. It is the hottest summer on record until it starts snowing in July, and on the news there are reports of flying humans in Uganda. It is a world suffering because of the absence of humanity and love.

Ostensibly, the story is about John (Joaquin Phoenix) coming to New York to finalise his divorce with Elena (Claire Danes) and how their love is rekindled. But this is merely a conceit that Vinterberg uses to make a film that is more concerned with emotional resonance than formulaic Hollywood storytelling. There are few explanations, just a lot of hints that the central romance holds the key to world harmony.

It’s All About Love - with its expressionistic aesthetic and many SFX is also about the rejection of Dogma 95. By breaking the very rules that put this auteur on the map, Vinterberg seems to be redefining the experimental film form. Well worth catching. (Kaleem Aftab)

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Al Pacino plays Eli Wurman. an ageing celebrity publicist. His career is on the downturn hut in his autumn years he seems more than happy to concentrate on his charity work.

Wurman is raising money for a group of wrongly imprisoned Nigerian immigrants when his last remaining client of note. a slea/y actor called Cary Launer iRyan O'Neali calls on him to bail .Jilli Hopper Flea leonii out of Jail discreetly. Hopper is Launer's starlet mistress and Wurman has Just opened a can of worms.

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