Cinema: Mysteries of The Eccentric Heart

THE JANUARY MAN

Directed by Pat O'Connor

Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley

There are mysteries, and then again there are mysteries. Those that involve capital crimes oblige a movie to solve the puzzle clearly, neatly and, one hopes, surprisingly before the final fade-out. There is, however, a better class of enigma that involves less deadly, even comical, forms of human behavior. And there is a better class of film that is wisely content to set forth such shadowy dilemmas and leave them unresolved, resonating in our minds.

The January Man is modestly, ingratiatingly, a movie of the latter sort. To be...

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