The Inner Life of Martin Frost
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A successful American novelist who has retreated into the country following the publication of his most recent book meets a most mysterious muse in director/screenwriter Paul Auster's elliptic psychological drama. His latest novel an instant success, famous author Martin Frost (David Thewlis) decides to celebrate by spending some quality down time in a remote country home. Awakening his first morning in the house, Martin is shocked to find that he is sharing his bed with a stunningly beautiful woman. Over the course of the next few days, Martin becomes increasingly fascinated with the… More

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"The result plays like a half-baked tribute to Wings of Desire."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"So far, so good, right? Not really."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"The film's magical qualities magically eluded me."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The inner life of Martin Frost reeks of misogyny and the film that enshrines his egomania makes half-assed aspirations to Goethe."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Strained dialogue, awkward mise-en-scene and weirdly uncomfortable thesping from superlative players contribute to a drearily self-reflective conceit."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"What starts out as a clever exploration of consciousness quickly descends into underplotted folly."
‑ Julia Wallace, Village Voice
"Thanks to the lumbering pace of Auster's script and the lugubrious way he directs this ostensible romantic fantasy, Martin and his muse fail, miserably, to amuse."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Paul Auster's suffocating romance makes you feel as if you're helplessly stuck inside the head of the most pretentious person you know."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"the conclusion comes across as tacked-on, padded to get the thing to feature length. That's an unfortunate way to wrap up an otherwise sweet little movie."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A fanciful and enganging metaphysical mystery about a writer, two beauties, love and the challenges of the creative process."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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