Third Person (2013)

Third Person (2013)
  • Time: 137 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Paul Haggis
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco


Third Person tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal, in a multi-strand story line reminiscent of Paul Haggis’s earlier Oscar-winning film Crash. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome: three couples who appear to have nothing related butshare deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found.


  • For his latest effort Third Person, writer-director Paul Haggis returns to the multi-strand narrative he deployed to Oscar-winning effect in Crash. Here the stories are slightly less interlocking and more similar facets of the overall themes of loss, guilt and renewal.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael (Liam Neeson) is in a Parisian hotel suite, curtains drawn, an ashtray full of cigarette stubs by his laptop whose screen displays his latest work-in-progress. Theresa (Maria Bello) stands on the edge of a swimming pool before abruptly walking away. A harried Julia (Mila Kunis) passes by a child’s empty bedroom before heading out into the bustling streets of New York. In Rome, Scott (Adrien Brody) receives design sketches which he will soon knock off. Anna (Olivia Wilde) changes outfits in the back of a cab much to the delight of her Parisian taxi driver. Rick (James Franco), a famous painter, tries in vain to interest his son in painting. A woman in red, whom we later learn is a Romanian gypsy named Monica (Moran Atias), walks into a local bar in Rome and immediately catches Scott’s eye.

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  • “Third Person” is a psychological drama conjured up from an author’s mind (Liam Neeson)…it develops into sort of a literary version of the much better horror film Identity with various character’s stories being played out through the creative juices of an author in trouble with his latest novel.

    But his big trouble is that all his characters are totally unlikeable or unbelievable. And having them presented in a film 2 and quarter hours long is just plain boring. From my view the only decent sight was Olivia Wild stripping off. Other than that this was possible the most tedious film I have seen in years. And that saying a lot given the stellar cast.

    Trying to weave separate stories together only works when there is some point and redemption. That was absent from Third Person. It didn’t work for me and that is why my recommendation would be not to “watch me.”

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