During these sad tribulations, Leos inner life continues with a flashback to the time he was a successful writer hitting on tourists on a Greek island or mourning a child lost in a Mexican cemetery with his wife (Salma Hayek without makeup). As for Saint Molly, by dint of taking care of her daddy, she misses an important professional meeting …
Coming from dance, performance and music, Sally Potter has signed several interesting films including The Party, which brings together the cream of the British establishment in a murderous camera. What happened? Why did the English director get lost in this tedious teardrop, globalized, mediocre and highly implausible pudding – how Bardem, a dark hidalgo with an abrupt profile, could father little Fanning with a slim nose and all in blond?
The Roads Not Taken floats between a form of compassion raised by Schadenfreude (harder will be the fall of the man who succeeded in everything) and the unverifiable hypothesis of a quantum bouquet of tangential destinies – the “roads not taken” of the title. It even has a catechetical dimension: they are immigrant workers, poor among the poor, who reach out to Leo, lost at night in the suburbs and wash his feet according to Jesus’ example …
Javier Bardem has already played a bedridden in Out to sea. Today, he joins the circle of actors who have played the disabled (Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot) or simpletons (Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, Sean Penn in I Am Sam). Frankly, we prefer him as a psychotic killer (No Country for Old Men) or a perverted and downgraded British agent (007-Skyfall).
The Roads Not Taken, by Sally Potter (United Kingdom, Sweden, United States, Poland, Spain), with Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Laura Linney, 1h25.