The emotions director Michael Ritchie is parlaying in this slim fable, which revolve around tender egos and unlimited ambition, are universal. But the details are so specific, and so grounded in film industry reality, that the larger implications may be lost.
Keith Carradine is a young filmmaker, who wraps up two years of devotion to a film about executed murderer Gary Gilmore, Choice of Ending, by sinking all his remaining funds into a trip to Cannes. His film is seized at French customs until the censor can see it, an unlikely possibility until Monica Vitti intercedes on his behalf.
Carradine mirrors lotsa nouveau helmers adrift in their initial dealings with industry salesmanship.
Focus is the intriguing relationship between Vitti and Carradine, which starts out as a one-nighter, and turns into a brief, but ill-fated romance.