An intelligently conceived, delicately wrought follow-up to 1996's "Things I Never Told You," Isabel Coixet's "To Those Who Love" makes an ambitious stab at affecting auds' hearts and minds, and result only narrowly fails. Plot and structure are thought-provoking, and perfs are generally strong, but there is simply too much story for 97 minutes. The effect, frustratingly, is of a precious exercise in style, of a film about romance that is not itself romantic. Still, pic has charm and originality, and Coixet's daring, at least in Spanish terms, makes it a qualified pleasure that should show up on the fest circuit.


Production: The original-language title of the film "It's Your Turn, Laura" is "C't'a ton tour, Laura Cadieux." Pic was reviewed in the Oct. 26 - Nov. 1 issue under a slightly different English title and with an incorrect French one.

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