Woody Allen's new film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger premiered at Cannes last night. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, and Josh Brolin amongst others; it's a fine ensemble cast.
Synopsis from the official You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger site follows after this rather spiffing photo taken last night:
A fortune teller and her predictions figure prominently in the story of YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER, and so the title has an obvious literal meaning. But it also has a darker connotation, as Josh Brolin’s character spells out: “You will meet the same tall, dark stranger that we all eventually meet,” in other words, the grim reaper. It is the attempt to evade the inevitable that sets the story into motion, when Alfie Shepridge (Anthony Hopkins) wakes up in the middle of the night, realizes he only has a few years left. “Alfie starts to get antsy,” says writer/director Woody Allen, “and wants to start eating health foods, and doesn’t want to hear from his wife that he’s not a young man anymore. He doesn’t want to face up to that, so he gets rid of his wife, Helena (Gemma Jones), and embarks on a different life, catapulting everyone into different states of chaos.”
Similar stories of doubt and reflection are found in the other characters. Allen explains: “All these characters are running around trying to find meaning in their lives, and find ambitions and successes and love. They’re all running around, bumping into each other, hurting each other, getting hurt, making mistakes—a constant chaos. But in the end, after a hundred years, everybody on earth along with them will be completely gone, and after another hundred years, there will be a new set of people. And after all of the ambitions, and aspirations, and the plagiarism and adultery, what once was so meaningful won’t mean a thing. Many years from now the sun burns out and the earth is gone, and many years after that the entire universe is gone. Even if you could find a pill that makes you live forever, that forever is still a finite number, because nothing is forever. It’s all sound and fury, and in the end it means nothing.”