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The Next Three Days (movie)
Paul Haggis' 'Third Person' reflects his first-person concerns
Paul Haggis' 'Third Person' reflects his first-person concerns

Paul Haggis' characters twist in torment. Denial is their armor, cruelty their weapon. They skitter through plotlines, deceiving, tricking and spooling out acidic self-reflection, such as the remark an adulterous writer mumbles about his protagonist on a Paris street: "a man who can only feel through the characters he creates. That line is uttered early in Haggis' new film, "Third Person," which offers no universal redemption, no tidy denouements. Life seldom does, either, and for Haggis that is the grist of filmmaking. He writes characters he morally opposes to test his own beliefs, and he is at home in the gray places that strain crafted veneers, play havoc with motivations and...

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