I watched a really accomplished movie last evening, called Last Night, starring Keira Knightley. I’ve become quite a fan of hers, particularly after her highly charged performance in A Dangerous Method, the movie about Carl Gustav Jung. Well, the verdict is in: she is good. Very good. She still has her mannerisms, her way of pushing forward her bottom teeth when she smiles, but I won’t hold that against her. She’s a terrific actress, and I’m happy to have seen her in yet another movie.
And this is not just any movie. Iranian American writer-director Massy Tadjedin, here at her directorial debut, managed to come up with a really tight movie. The storyline is simple: man and woman have a good, loving relationship, but man meets a temptress, and woman reconnects with an old “flame.” It could have been so cheesy, so boring, so not worth watching. And yet, until the scene at the end that pulls together the whole story to an end and the beginning of another story, the movie acts on you in a gentle yet compelling way. This is not a run-of-the-mill chick flick. It's a charming movie that finds an honest tone and makes the best of it.