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Every Thing Will Be Fine

From the director of "Paris Texas" and "Wings Of Desire"

A tragic car accident links the lives of a struggling writer (James Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), a grieving mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and a publisher's assistant (Marie-Josée Croze), in this intricate and beautifully shot drama from master director Wim Wenders (Pina).

Poster art for Every Thing Will Be FineThe Quebec landscape provides a rich backdrop as Wenders casts his camera on an author coming to terms with a fatal car accident. Holed up in a cabin in the wintry wilds near Oka, Tomas (James Franco) is struggling with writer's block. While driving in a ferocious blizzard, he hits and kills a young boy. This tragedy becomes the fulcrum for an agonizing reappraisal of his life. Tomas finds himself in an existential trap, caught between competing forces: his long-suffering girlfriend Sara (Rachel McAdams); the victim's mother, Kate (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and older brother; and Ann (Marie-Josée Croze), an assistant at his publishing company. As the years slip by, Tomas revisits the scene of the accident in an attempt to make sense of it all, even as the rest of his life progresses.

Wenders and cinematographer Benoît Debie (known also for his work with Gaspar Noé and Harmony Korine) eschew pyrotechnics in favour of technique. Every Thing Will Be Fine's visuals actually ensure that the film's psychology eclipses its technology. Wenders, one of the pre-eminent filmmakers of the past forty years, continues to explore the potentials of the medium, his characteristic sensitivity to themes of loss and absence still intact.

– Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival

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