Sunday, June 22, 2008

Love & Other Dangerous Things

Author: Brett
Location: Wisconsin

"Love and Other Dangerous Things"

Written by Paul Haggis
Directed by Marc Forster
Distributed by Focus Features

Principal Cast:

Keisha Walter: Sanaa Lathan
Orlando Ryan: Taye Diggs
Rayla Jackson: Halle Berry
Tony Jackson: Terrence Howard
Evelyn Ryan: S. Epatha Merkerson
Paulette Jennings: Angela Bassett
Deon Ryan: Will Smith
Ty Walter: Omar Epps

Tagline: "Would you be willing to lose it all for love?"

Synopsis: This dramatic ensemble film centers around young widow Keisha Walter(Lathan). After her husband (Epps) is killed in a drive by shooting by a gang head Deon (Smith), Keisha becomes intimate with the brother of her husband's killer (Diggs).

Infuriated by her daughter's relationship, Keisha's mother Paulette (Bassett) kicks Keisha and her young baby out, and she is forced to live with her sister Rayla (Berry), whom is in the middle of an abusive relationship with her husband (Howard). Tensions rise in the
film between grieving mother-in-law Paulette, and the mother of a killer (Merkerson) as vulnerable Keisha becomes stuck in between it all.

What the press would say:

Paul Haggis follows up with a second and equally complex urban ensemble film starring Sanaa Lathan, Academy Award Winner Halle Berry, and Academy Award Nominees Angela Bassett, Will Smith, and Terrence Howard. This film is beautifully directed by Marc Forster, the genius behind Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland. This gritty drama is really a modern day romance, paralleling the timeless tale of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Focus Features is campaigning for Oscar Nominations in the following categories:

Best Picture: Paul Haggis, Marc Forster
Best Director: Marc Forster
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis
Best Actress: Sanaa Lathan
Best Actor: Taye Diggs
Best Supporting Actress: S. Epatha Merkerson
Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett
Best Supporting Actor: Terrence Howard
Best Editing: Hughes Winborne

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