An Awfully Big Adventure (Mike Newell)

Rating: **

I like elliptical films as much as the next person (unless the next person is Stan Brakhage), but this one omits so much of its narrative that I found myself flailing around for a handhold. Good performances (including what may well be the final first-rate performance by Hugh Grant--let's see if he ever takes on a role this sleazy again), but I never could figure out what (or who) the hell it was supposed to be about. Eventually, it simply became tedious.