Plot On an assignment to the scene of a murder, London 'tec Bernie Reid (Byrne) catches a glimpse of a mysterious woman (Rampling), yet when they bump into each other again she denies that the encounter ever happened. Who is she - and is she implicated in the crime?
Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling star in this atmospheric noir thriller, a debut feature from Rampling’s son Barnaby Southcombe. Sixty-six year-old Rampling is a glamorous, mysterious presence as Anna, a single woman finally hitting the London dating scene. The plot intensifies considerably when detective Bernie Reid (Byrne) meets her near the scene of a crime and an undeniable attraction develops as he investigates the case. Byrne and Rampling are on top form and Hayley Atwell appears against type as Anna’s stressed single-mother daughter. The conclusion won’t please everyone, but it’s refreshingly restrained for a thriller set in today’s capital.
Verdict A classy, enigmatic thriller that shows off contemporary London at its cinematic best.
A real disappointment.
It feels a bit ITV1 on a Sunday night, maybe it's the familiar London settings such as the Barbican or maybe it's the crime drama whodunnit plotting. It might also be because last time I saw Gabriel Byrne's hangdog expression, it was in Channel 4's political whodunnit Secret State.
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