Filmed three years ago and released last year in Europe, A Rainy Day in New York, Woody Allen’s new film, is finally available in Quebec on DVD and video on demand. The verdict ? A sparkling and melancholic romantic comedy, which only the famous New York filmmaker has the secret.
However, A Rainy Day in New York (A rainy day in New York) almost never made it out on this side of the Atlantic. Two years ago, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Amazon studio, which produced the feature film, decided not to launch the film on its platform. As old allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 resurfaced, actors Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall broke away from the film, saying they regretted working with it. the New York director.
Shunned by North American distributors, A Rainy Day in New York was therefore abandoned on the shelves for several months before finally coming out with us, a few days ago.
Shot in New York, Woody Allen’s favorite city, the film stars two students, Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning) who decide to spend a romantic weekend in Manhattan. Obviously, their trip will not go as planned: while Gatsby will fall under the spell of his ex-girlfriend’s little sister (Selena Gomez), Ashleigh will be seduced by a famous Hollywood actor (Diego Luna).
The Woody touch
At 84 (soon 85), Woody Allen has not lost his magic touch. In this 48e frankly nice feature film, it revives the charm of its New York classics (Manhattan, Annie hall, etc.). In the skin of a young neurotic intellectual, the Franco-American Timothée Chalamet embodies a typically “Allenian” hero. Woody Allen also offers himself some tasty nods to today’s Hollywood by staging in particular a disillusioned filmmaker embodied by Liev Schreiber. The result is an imperfect film, but oh so pleasing!
- A Rainy Day in New York (3.5 / 5)
A film by Woody Allen
With Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Liev Schreiber.
Available on DVD and video on demand (iTunes).