For two hours, Haggis' three loosely connected stories are moderately entertaining if a little heavy handed at times. And then the filmmakers perform a narrative twist that is hinted at during the film and may well come across as structurally "clever." Unfortunately, it has the effect of erasing any emotional investment in two of the stories and the characters therein and serves only to annoy. It is a narrative cheat the ruins what was a reasonably watchable film, robbing the actual resolution of any particular emotional heft - by this point most people will have checked out.
Third Person show us three different stories. At first we start to see some connections between them but they seem to take different paths. After a few time we understand that all of them are about trust but there's more behind that.
The main problem of the film is its running time. After two hours the stories lose all of their dynamic and seemed like they were going nowhere. There's a very important clue somewhere in the first half and hour of the film that made me understand immediately the connection between the stories and what they were trying to transmit but what makes it easy to understand is constantly over complicated to give a certain complexity in the story that was not needed and that makes it very inconsistent. Due to that, the stellar cast was not able to safe the film. Some things are left unexplained in all the three stories but specially when it comes to the story of the main character and that might be a bit frustrating too.
It was great to see Liam Neeson doing a solid drama instead of his latest action films. He is a good actor that needs more of this kind of roles again. Olivia Wilde was perfect for her role, very intense performance. Adrien Brody and Moran Atias had a great chemistry together. But my favorite couple of the story was Mila Kunis and James Franco. They just have one scene together that was brilliantly performed in terms of the intensity of the acting and not only. That whole sequence is great and Mila Kunis definitely steals the show in this film! My favorite performance was hers, very deep and different from all the stuff that I've seen her do before.
Paul Haggis tried to do with Third Person a similar narrative than he did with his Oscar winning film Crash but this time, I think he was not so well succeeded.
“le donne hanno l’incredibile dono di essere capaci di negare ogni tipo di realtà”
The movie is entertaining, but i don't buy the connection between the 3 stories, lacks more than the kids tragedy. For me the story with Brody and Moran Atias is the only you doubt till the end. Great cast that saves the movie.
Interesante disgresión sobre la narrativa y las formas de los creadores de usar la ficción para reformular sus propias vidas. No está del todo conseguida, a ratos a resulta confusa y parece que va sin rumbo pero vale la pena,el elenco está entregadísimo y tiene varias escenas memorables (la discusión de Jess Franco y Mila y todo lo que pasa después).