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  • Summary: After working for three years on a novel, writer Martin Frost borrows the empty country house of his friends for a long-needed rest. No sooner does he arrive, however, than an idea for a new story inspires him to get back to work. When he wakes the following morning, eager to begin his newAfter working for three years on a novel, writer Martin Frost borrows the empty country house of his friends for a long-needed rest. No sooner does he arrive, however, than an idea for a new story inspires him to get back to work. When he wakes the following morning, eager to begin his new tale, Martin is shocked to find a strange young woman sleeping next to him in bed – the attractive, effervescent Claire. Presumably the niece of his hosts, Claire wittily overcomes Martin’s initial resistance to her, and the two of them agree to share the country house, while promising to respect each other’s space. Soon their
    attraction for each other takes over and they begin to fall in love; but is Claire really the person she claims to be? As Martin nears the finish of his story, Claire falls deathly ill. Does this mysterious muse have an existence independent from Martin’s story? Can the imaginary cross over into the real world, and, if so, what are the consequences? (New Yorker Films)
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    What starts out as a clever exploration of consciousness quickly descends into underplotted folly.
  2. Paul Auster's suffocating romance makes you feel as if you're helplessly stuck inside the head of the most pretentious person you know.
  3. A late appearance by a supporting character -- a pushy plumber and aspiring writer named Jim Fortunato (Michael Imperioli), who offers his mentally damaged young ward (played by Mr. Auster’s own daughter, Sophie) as a servant and possible concubine -- pushes the movie from bland pretension into distastefulness.

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