Director: Tom Tykwer. Cast: Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Skerritt, Ben Wishaw. 98 min. Rated R. UK/France/Germany/USA/Mexico. Comedy/Drama.
The vignette is exactly how I felt visiting an affluent Arab country in the middle of the desert: you have no clue what's going on, everyone else very calmly knows what's going on, and 'people' (not the infrastructure) decide whether things will work (or won't work) at a whim. So when Tom Hanks enters filthy-rich Saudi Arabia as a businessman, the lost feeling is as troubling as a tumoral growth on his back. Director Tykwer is making a noble attempt here to bridge the East-West gap. But knowing the depth of the divide, just not sure how successful he'll be.