Third Person

June 19th, 2014


Third Person

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Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 6.5/10 (480 voted)

Critic's Score: 24/100

Director: Paul Haggis

Stars: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody

Michael (Liam Neeson) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife, Elaine (Kim Basinger), and is having a tempestuous affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde), an ambitious young journalist who wants to write and publish fiction. At the same time, Scott (Adrien Brody), a shady American businessman, is in Italy to steal designs from fashion houses. Hating everything Italian, Scott wanders into the Café American" in search of something familiar to eat. There, he meets Monika (Moran Atias), a beautiful Roma woman, who is about to be reunited with her young daughter. When the money she has saved to pay her daughter's smuggler is stolen, Scott feels compelled to help. They take off together for a dangerous town in Southern Italy, where Scott starts to suspect that he is the patsy in an elaborate con game. Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6 ...

Liam Neeson - Michael
Maria Bello - Theresa
Mila Kunis - Julia
Kim Basinger - Elaine
Michele Melega - Giorgio
Adrien Brody - Scott
Gianni Franco - Taxi Driver (Rome)
Marius Bizau - Taxi Driver (Paris)
Olivia Wilde - Anna
Katy Louise Saunders - Gina
James Franco - Rick
Loan Chabanol - Sam
Oliver Crouch - Jesse
Valentina Gaia - News Reader
Riccardo Scamarcio - Marco

Taglines: Life can change at the turn of a page.


Official Website: Official site [Japan]

Country: UK, USA, Germany, Belgium

Language: English, Italian

Release Date: 30 April 2014

Filming Locations: Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Did You Know?

This is the fourth movie that Mila Kunis and James Franco have co-starred. The previous films where Date Night (2009), Tar (2012) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). See more »

User Review


Rating: 5/10


Paul Haggis has a heavy burden after winning Best Picture at the Oscars with "Crash," as high expectations have soon formulated any time he creates an interwoven story. Third Person, with its stellar cast and beautiful scenery, amplifies the hype, but unlike its predecessor, it doesn't deliver.

Third Person tells three love stories, featuring unrelatable caricatures. Liam Neeson is a Pulitzer-prize winner author, who smokes cigarettes in darkness and slams his Macbook when ideas don't seamlessly flow to him (people do that?). Olivia Wilde is a charming though emotionally-detached single-in-the-city gal. Adrian Brody is an American in Rome who detests the culture yet thrives in stealing. James Franco is artist-son of wealthy New Yorkers… really? The characters often lack chemistry and their development often seems forced to fill the 'love du jour' trend of love-then-fighting-then love again. The performances are uninspiring, with the exception of Mila Kunis, who plays an ex-soap opera star and single mother trying to get her life back together.

Haggis spent many years crafting this film, but he had to verbally inform the audience of many of the interwoven intricacies. The film will appeal to the New York liberal intellectual crowd who thrive on 'complex' characters, but ultimately, this movie is all sizzle, no steak.

After the TIFF movie premiere, Haggis candidly stated that for the film he had difficulty attaining financing until the last minute. Perhaps this was an omen.


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