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Every Thing Will Be Fine 

Wednesday, Dec 16 2015
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Wim Wenders named his original production company Road Movies for a reason, and he went to make a reputation for poetic films about angst and moping, particularly his masterpieces  Wings of Desire  and  Paris, Texas. And yet, an incident on a road that leads to a decade of angst and moping never coalesces into a satisfying movie in his first narrative film since 2008,  Every Thing Will Be Fine. Tomas (James Franco) is a struggling novelist who accidentally kills one of the two sons of single mother Kate (Charlotte Gainsbourg) on a dark and wintry road. While Kate's personal life crumbles, and Tomas's has its ups and down — particularly regarding his girlfriend Sara (Rachel McAdams) — the experience invigorates his writing career. Franco is in that mode where, except for frowning a bit more than usual, it's be difficult to tell whether he's struggling with the mysteries of the human soul or considering the ethics of making apes smart. There are some lovely compositions both indoors and outdoors (including a use of split-screen), but  Every Thing Will Be Fine  still lacks the poetry or even fundamental interest of the film of his it most closely resembles,  Paris, Texas  — and things will be much finer if you choose to watch that film instead.

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