The Man Who Cried

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Released 2010

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Director:
Sally Potter
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
The Man Who Cried is a 2000 drama written and directed by Sally Potter. When Russian Jew Fegele Abramovich (Christina Ricci) is a small child in 1927, her father (Oleg Yankovsky) goes to America without her in order to make money for his family. When a mob suddenly attacks her village and kills her family, she escapes to Britain, where she is taken in by an adoptive family and renamed Susan. Susan shows a skill for singing and decides to move to Paris when she is an adult to get a job in a performance troupe. Once she arrives, she soon becomes fascinated with a fellow performer, a gypsy named Cesar (Johnny Depp). As their relationship blossoms into love, their happiness is soon threatened by the the arrival of the Nazis in France during World War II. As the German soldiers begin ruthlessly murdering the Jews and gypsies, Susan must decide whether to stay and fight them with Cesar or to go to America to find her father.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It's hard to be drawn into a movie if you're never entirely sure what it's supposed to be about, other than about 100 minutes.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    There is even less going on between Ricci and Depp here than there was in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," mostly because Potter gives them nothing to play.

  • 30

    Variety

    Sally Potter, who leapt to critical attention with her 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando" -- makes a serious misstep with The Man Who Cried.

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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Family Dramas, Military & War, Musicals, Love & Romance