Streaming Video - 2008
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Charismatic professor David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) glories in the pursuit of adventurous female students but never lets any woman get too close. When gorgeous Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz) enters his classroom, however, his protective veneer dissolves. Her raven-haired beauty both captivates and unsettles him. Even if Kepesh declares her body a perfect work of art, Consuela is more than an object of desire. She has a strong sense of herself and an emotional intensity that challenges his preconceptions. Kepesh's need for Consuela becomes an obsession, but ultimately his jealous fantasies of betrayal drive her away. Shattered, Kepesh faces up to the ravages of time, immersing himself in work and confronting the loss of old friends. Then, two years later, Consuela comes back into his life-with an urgent, desperate request that will change everything.
Publisher: [United States] : Entertainment One : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (approximately 108 min.)) :,sound, color


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Sep 08, 2017

I’m a fan of Ben Kingsley anyway and found this role and the foil to his character played by Penelope Cruz just an elegant, real, crisp and altogether classy introspective look at this kind of relationship. Gorgeously photographed too. It's not "slow" but casual as befits the time span of the story.

Horribly boring-----unwatchable!

Jul 24, 2012

I was disappointed with the slowness of the movie. The acting was good, but there really didn`t seem to be too much chemistry between Ben and Penelope. Patricia Clarkson is gorgeous and seemed very realistic as Bens` longstanding sex buddy.
Too slow and I didn`t enjoy the story line. Sorry.

May 30, 2012

Gave up after 40 minutes. Definitely not my kind of movie. Found it to be so boring.

discerningcritic May 03, 2012

Director Isabel Coixet evokes spell-binding atmosphere and top notch performances from stars Ben Kingsley & Penelope Cruz with equally fine support from Patricia Clarkson & Dennis Hopper. A real old-fashioned love story of a mature man & and his beautiful young student is destined for heartbreak from the start. I watched captivated from start to finish, with a lump in my throat much of the time, which for me is saying a lot!

raydat51 Feb 04, 2012


markkluk Oct 04, 2011

At first glance I didn't think I would like this movie,
but It turned out to be a great movie for breast cancer
awareness, some great quotes, Insight , Love, loss ,
jealousy , age , poetry ,depth , morality?, human
psychology and feelings, lots of Ludwig

aaa5756 Jul 27, 2011


Jun 27, 2010

It's okay.

Feb 15, 2010

A film that is well put together but may not be to everyone's taste. It provides good insights into different types of character. It was too slow for my taste, however, and I was pretty bored with it by the halfway mark.

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