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Everything seems to be coming together for Chris, but he falls in lust with Tom's American fiancée (Johansson) and endangers his potential for a rich and successful life by beginning an affair with her. The story is reminiscent of 1951's A Place in the Sun starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor.
And like that earlier movie this one is clearly a tragedy.
The film starts off like a more refined version of last year's tawdry affair, "Closer," with Allen exploring the love lives of semi-bored, over-educated filthy rich Brits who when not hopping in and out of each other's beds are hob-nobbing at the opera, the latest art exhibit, or lounging around their lavish estates reading and drinking. Ripley" in its exploration of the class system and Chris' obsession with infiltrating this exclusive and beguiling society.
Thankfully, we're spared all of the weirdness of an atrocity like "Ripley," as Allen keeps it all very clean, sheen, clever and classy.
Rhys-Meyers, who might be the first male lead in an Allen film who isn't a surrogate Woody, does a great job as Chris.
This could be the role that bumps him into stardom.
Chris is obviously a social climber who loves his new found wealth much more than his wife.
From a humble background and with traditional values, Irish Chris Wilton is still struggling financially despite being a recently retired high ranked tennis pro.In his life with the Hewetts, Chris begins to enjoy the finer things in life.Through it all however, Chris cannot help thinking about Nola Rice, a struggling American actress who he meets at the Hewett estate and who is Tom's unofficial fiancée.Rhys-Meyers and Johansson steam up the screen together in several scenes, beginning with their passionate encounter during a thunderstorm.The movie opens with a voice over by Chris in which he describes the importance of luck, using the analogy of a tennis ball hitting the tape on top of the net.