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:: Wicker Park

This film stars Josh Hartnett as Matthew, an advertising executive, who is due to travel overseas to conduct business and who is also about to marry his boss’s sister Rebecca (Jessica Pare), when he thinks he sees the love of his life, Lisa (Diane Kruger), in a restaurant. She is a dancer who strangely disappeared from his life two years ago.

This little episode shakes him up and makes him determined to learn the truth behind the disappearance. The story is told in a fashion that cuts backward and forward in time, and begins the drama of this psychology that involves the lives of Matthew, Lisa, as well as friends played by Rose Byrne and Matthew Lillard.

Scottish director Paul McGuigan brings a brooding and enjoyable look to Wicker Park. This film unravels before your eyes; each revelation adds another piece to a puzzle, creating an interesting climax. Australian actress Rose Byrne’s character is one to note, as it stays mysterious. Her questionable character reveals a fine acting performance. The actors are good “foils” although Josh Hartnett, being a mumbler of words whenever I see him, is too stoic and intense for the most part.

Still, Wicker Park is an engaging film and is well directed. The nature of the suspense will remain until the end and the use of flashbacks will ultimately help in the understanding. The love and obsession factors are shown cleverly.