Alan Rickman makes his directorial debut, and it’s little surprise to find that it’s a period drama. The charming romantic tale is set at the court of King Louis XIV (played by Rickman), as love blossoms between gardeners Matthias Schoenaerts and Kate Winslet.
The bestselling crime novel hits the big screen, with Tom Hardy reliably impressive as a Russian agent who attempts to track a serial killer in Stalin’s Soviet Union, but finds his investigation hampered by political wranglings. It’s an engrossing watch (if long), and the cast is excellent – just watch out for the dodgy Russian accents.
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