How could such a simple plot unravel to become so complicated and nuanced? Woody Allen
is at the top of his craft with this dense, moody film. The topics of the film-denial, facade, and narcissism are excruciatingly timely and executed to perfection. Blanchette is spot-on as a social climbing Manhattan
ite with a nervous disorder
, and her inauspicios fall from wealth and position somehow never feels gratifying. This is no back-to-night-school feel-good romantic comedy
with scooters; this is a bitter satire which holds a mirror up to our toxic obsession with appearances, and our collective craving to ignore the consequences of our privileged lifestyle.