A chain of life-changing decisions spans the world in screenwriter Peter Morgan’s modern-day re-imagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, allowing a stellar cast to strut their dramatic stuff en route. Fittingly, the journey starts in Vienna, where passing English businessman Jude Law’s encounter with a Slovakian ‘escort’ is but a prelude to a return home to London, where his spouse Rachel Weisz proves no model of fidelity herself. Then again, her Brazilian boyfriend is having woman trouble of his own, as the story takes flight across the Atlantic, and Anthony Hopkins pretty much steals the show as a recovering alcoholic looking for his lost daughter.
Part of the fascination is trying to figure out if the movie will hold good to its title and run full circle, while director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) ensures it’s exquisitely visualised every step of the way. A classy companion piece to the criss-crossing likes of Babel and the Morgan-scripted Hereafter. (Notes by Trevor Johnston.)