In the 1930s, penniless Arturo Bandini (Farrell) lodges in LA and tries to become an author, worrying that he’s too inexperienced to have anything to write about. He has a complex relationship with Camilla (Hayek), a Mexican waitress, which eventually inspires him to finish a novel.
A curiously resistable drama, despite several strong elements — the most notable being newcomer Idina Menzel.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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