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Film Review: ‘Carmen’: Natascha McElhone Delivers a Career-Defining Performance

NR | 1h 27min | Drama, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy | 23 September 2022 (USA)
From 1996 to 2006, the British-born actress Natascha McElhone appeared in 16 feature films, 5 in 2002 alone. Most were forgettable, but four (“Surviving Picasso,” “The Truman Show,” “Ronin,” and “Solaris”) were excellent.
Starting in 2007 and continuing to the present day, McElhone was a regular in the acclaimed TV shows “Californication,” “Designated Survivor,” “The First,” “Hotel Portofino,” and the current “Halo.”
Sporting Bette Davis eyes, Meryl Streep cheekbones, wavy locks, and a model’s gait, McElhone has never appeared in a movie or TV show where she was the sole lead, until now. In a role that 25 years ago would have gone to Streep by default, McElhone plays the title character in “Carmen,” a romantic comedy and drama which takes full advantage of her physical presence and considerable range….

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