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Release Date: 2006

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2006

R|1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary
Arturo Bandini (Colin Farrell) is a writer who moves from Colorado to Los Angeles with aspirations of completing a great novel. There he meets bold Mexican waitress Camilla (Salma Hayek). She wants to live a better life and thinks marrying for money may be her answer. Arturo, who tries to project a confidence that he is inwardly lacking, initially acts coldly toward Camilla. Despite not seeming like a viable match, a romance gradually develops between the two.

Cast: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Idina Menzel, William Mapother, Tamara Craig Thomas, Justin Kirk, Eileen Atkins

Director: Robert Towne

Genres: Romance, Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Cruise-Wagner Productions, Capitol Films

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  • Ask the Dust is beautifully shot -- sepia becomes the ravishing, affecting Ms. Hayek. Unfortunately the images of the heaving waves of the Pacific in the moonlight, of mountains rising over scrub and cactus in the sunlight here, serve only to emphasize the emptiness of the drama unfolding in the foreground.

  • The film is faithful to the book's tone of dark ache and much of its detail and for the most part terrifically cast. But Towne can't overcome an essential challenge of the material: Arturo and Camilla are constructs and ciphers as much as they are vivid characters -- difficult roles, to be sure. Neither the screenplay nor the actors manage to get far under their skin. show more

  • Its portrait of an artist hungry for experience is as timely today as when it was written. show more

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