Woody Allen continues to create films which sit within their own world, where the characters speak in their own particular patois. Allen’s style and work ethic has rarely changed over the last half century, with the New York director continuing to make films at an incredible pace.
A Rainy Day In New York is Allen’s 48th film as writer-director and after something of a controversial delay (which I refuse to get into here), the film is finally getting a UK release from Signature Entertainment on 5 June 2020.
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber, the film looks like business as usual for Allen, a light and breezy romp through New York City, with a colourful group of eccentric characters.
A Rainy Day in New York tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in the city are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers.
When Ashleigh gets an assignment from the school paper to interview celebrated film director Roland Pollard (Liev Schreiber) in Manhattan, Gatsby seizes the opportunity to show small-town girl Ashleigh his favourite haunts in his home city. However, Gatsby’s well-laid plans are quickly sidetracked when Pollard whisks Ashleigh away on a head-spinning series of encounters that lead her from the director to screenwriter Ted Davidoff (Jude Law) to movie star Francisco Vega (Diego Luna).
Left to his own devices in the city, Gatsby ends up spending the day with Chan (Selena Gomez), the sharp-witted younger sister of his ex-girlfriend, attending parties and having his own life-changing conversations and encounters.
Through this series of chance meetings and comical adventures the pair discover that while you only live once, once is enough if you find the right person.
Signature Entertainment presents A Rainy Day in New York on Home Premiere 5 June