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Deja Vu

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Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
4.80 /10
Dana ............. Victoria Foyt , Skelly ........... Vanessa Redgrave , Sean ............. Stephen Dillane
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Directed by: Henry Jaglom (pictured)
Written by: Henry Jaglom and Victoria Foyt

Released: 1998
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 116

An annoying American (Victoria Foyt) agonises whether or not to leave her uncreative but safe American fiance (Michael Brandon) for a married English artist (Stephen Dillane) with whom she falls in love at first sight, even though he has an unfortunate tendency to start spouting Kierkegaarde in bed.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A relationships drama which features perhaps the most irritating heroine of all time in Dana (played by Jaglom’s co-writer and spouse, Victoria Foyt). Deja Vu is not worth seeing once. It’s unendurable, a series of ludicrously pretentious, pseudo-philosophical monologues and self-absorbed, repetitive conversations which would have been more sensibly carried on in the privacy of a psychoanalyst’s consulting room. Sample whine: “I just wanna feel connected to a part of me that feels more timeless, you know?” The plot owes a certain amount to Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, but relies so heavily on chance encounters that it’s embarrassing. Deja Vu mainly resembles a Woody Allen movie from which every vestige of humour and intelligence has been removed. Unaccountably, many American critics thought this movie profound; the British ones gave it the drubbing it so richly deserved.

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