326.jpgJoan Allen is getting older. It's not that her face - which, since Pleasantville, has been inseperable from the mental image of Reese Witherspoon-all-grown-up - is changing, so much that age is using the actress like a chalkboard. Joan Allen today looks like Joan Allen of ten years ago, with wrinkles scribbled on.

It's striking to see an actress in such a state of ... um ... maturity, take on back-to-back roles that deal with sexuality, as Allen has done with The Upside of Anger and, now, Sally Potter's Yes. Allen's presence as an erotic subject in Potter's film is a brave and powerful one; it's too bad the film ignores that presence for a linguistic gamble that, somewhat sadly, the actors don't really pull off.