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SteadmanSlick’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I do some creative writing in my spare time, purely for personal reasons. I mean, I must if I can dedicate the time and energy to making these reviews, right? And Alex Sheldon's line "I know the characters, they tell me where the story goes" may have subconsciously affected how I do my writing. I say "may" because the first time I saw this movie, I had dropped in partway on HBO during a free weekend, it was during one of the scenes set within his novel, and it starred Luke Wilson, who I like. The main reason I got interested in this was for the story within the story, of Adam and Polina and the Au Pair Anna. The actual romance between Emma and Alex was very secondary, and has less of any sort of dramatic weight than the ticking clock with the Cuban loan sharks. When I watched it all that time ago, I thought their romance was much more well put together, but this may have been me just seeing it from after the hump. Then again, I completely forgot about the real Polina twist, and I remembered the rewrite scene featuring Adam & Anna more.
I wish I could find more romances set in the golden age that don't cover it all in schmaltz, and this is as close as I can get for now.