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The American

The American

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Our next Rialto Recommends is Dutch director Anton Corbijn's tense thriller THE AMERICAN with a screenplay by Rowan Joffe based on Martin Booth's novel and starring George Clooney. When an assignment in Sweden ends badly, master assassin Jack (George Clooney) retreats to the Italian countryside with the intention of remaining anonymous. In an uncharacteristic move, he becomes friends with a local priest and pursues a torrid romance with a beautiful woman (Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be making a fatal mistake. As beautifully shot as it is emotionally restrained, THE AMERICAN is an unusually divisive spy thriller -- and one that rests on an unusually subdued performance from George Clooney. The Seattle Times said "Clooney ... shucks off his movie-star charm and lets us see something quite different: an unsmiling man with a set jaw, an unblinking stillness and an air of quiet mystery." While Movieline (remember Movieline Magazine?) said "Anton Corbijn's THE AMERICAN looks and feels like a movie made by a filmmaker who hasn't been to the movies since the '70s -- and I mean that as the highest compliment." THE AMERICAN is streaming on Fandor or available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others. While not a high-octane thriller THE AMERICAN is a worthwhile journey if you are willing to check your expectations and surrender to its rhythms.

Film Facts
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MPAA Rating
George Clooney
Violante Placido
Thekla Reuten
Paolo Bonacelli
Directed by
Anton Corbijn
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