Just in case you were thinking that Woody Allen’s acclaimed recent flourish of quality with his European films and Blue Valentine may mean that he is no longer willing to partake in lighter fare, along comes this, from writer/director John Turturro. Here Allen’s elderly New York bookstore owner turns pimp and transforms his middle-aged friend (Turturro) into an unlikely gigolo; all in the hope that they can raise enough cash when it looks like their store is going to have to shut its doors. Nonetheless, soon they are raking in more dough than they could possibly have ever expected. While the recent brouhaha regarding Allen’s alleged discretions with his adopted daughter seems to have died down for the time being, the jury is still out on the issue. Regardless, in cinematic terms, his stock has rarely been higher.
Premieres 25 April