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Source: Catholic News Service

Murky tale of a Muslim taxi driver (Abdellatif Kechiche) who picks up a distraught television executive (Robin Wright Penn) who takes an interest in his personal life, and offers to help him extricate his unjustly jailed brother, leading to bizarre complications he could not have imagined. Writer-director Jeff Stanzler has created a twisty film that aims to capture post-Sept. 11 anxieties, but fails to illuminate or fully satisfy dramatically. Penn gives a well-shaded and complex performance, and there's good work by Kechiche (his sometimes unintelligible accent notwithstanding) and Sandra Oh as Penn's business colleague, though the unpleasantness of the story will turn off many viewers. Rough and crude language, alcohol use, ethnic slurs, violence and sexual situations. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



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