2 Best Movies Written By Hossein Amini

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The fate of one’s financial, interpersonal, and physical desires are intertwined through marriage, and because of these sometimes conflicting needs, most people are willing to go past what they would like to acknowledge to win the affections of the person they believe would fulfill them. Henry James’ 1902 novel The Wings of the Dove is centered on this idea, but the 1997 film adaptation softens the leads, with the striking dynamic between Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Elliott, and Linus Roache feel like it was bound with some genuine affection, mixed alongside the self-centered desires present in the novel. Readers of the original book might not appreciate this change, but overall The Wings of the Dove paints an interesting interpretation to the classic novel, and does so with all the flair standard in British period romance dramas.

Genre: Drama, Romance

Actor: Alex Jennings, Alison Elliott, Ben Miles, Charlotte Rampling, Diana Kent, Elizabeth McGovern, Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Michael Gambon, Philip Wright

Director: Iain Softley

Rating: R

James Norton plays a Russian-British banker who has stayed away from his family’s links to organized crime. When his fund is threatened, he accepts a shady investor recommended by his uncle, which introduces him to the world of international crime as a money launderer.

It’s very well-made, and successfully juggles many stories at once. However, its weakness might ironically be that the main storyline, as well as Norton’s character, are less interesting than a lot of the other stories that are going on.

The series is written by Hossein Amini, who also wrote the script for Drive.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Actor: Aleksandr Dyachenko, Aleksey Serebryakov, Anna Levanova, Atul Kale, Caio Blat, David Dencik, David Strathairn, Faye Marsay, James Norton, Juliet Rylance, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Kirill Pirogov, Maria Mashkova, Mariya Shukshina, Merab Ninidze, Oshri Cohen, Sofia Lebedeva, Yuval Scharf

Director: James H. Watkins, James Watkins