Stories for August 24, 2008
The male focus has not been obliterated -- Nicholas Meyer has crafted the script and Ben Kingsley as Kepesh is still center stage - but it comes at us less as a first person narrative. In a sense, we are seeing Kepesh's male point of view filtered through the female perspective. So the object of Kepesh's desire, young Consuela (Penelope Cruz), is less objectified. The result is a more balanced tale of love, lust, desire and the specter of mortality.