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allied-4The beauteous Marion Cotillard is mesmerizing, as always, in”Allied” in a juicy role in a movie that in any other year would for sure net her yet another Oscar nomination. This year’s Best Actress race is so crowded with career-best performances by as many as eight other actresses, as unbelievable as it sounds, there may just be no room at the inn for the sumptuous, subtle French beauty, who is surely one of the great screen talents walking among us today. But I loved “Allied” anyway. A sweeping war-time romance that will sweep you away. How can it not?marion-cotillard-allied-1Marion is Marianne Beausejour, a resistance fighter behind enemy lines, the movie finds her stranded in Casblanca, summoning up all kinds of romantic illusions of great films past. And he leading man is the stalwart Brad Pitt. She can’t resist him, and neither can we. Their chemistry is quite beautiful and dangerous. She may be an agent provocateur, a German spy working American Pitt’s straight arrow hero for all he is worth.allied-1

She even gives him a child, a beautiful little girl, who is born during a horrendous, fiery raid. And Marion gives us, the viewers, ANOTHER great performance to relish for ever and ever. In some ways she has never been more beguiling, more of a screen temptress, as she seems to always urging Brad to kiss her and make mad, passionate desert love.allied-3allied-7

Marion’s stunning period costumes designed by Joanna Johnston, are ripped from her voluptuous body at regular intervals and

Pitt, believing in equality of the sexes, flashes his beautiful blonde ass at us every time they do jump in the sack. Particularly memorably during a desert sand storm, where our hero & heroine are going it at like there’s no tomorrow.

The heat and the suspense ramps up as Pitt is told that the Allied forces believe his beautiful young wife is a German spy. He has 72 hours to root out the truth, and if it is true, kill her, or he will be killed for treason himself.

I won’t spoil any more of the plot, but all concerned are just marvelously suspicious  of each other, or are they just one of the most beautiful husband and wife teams to ever grace the screen and are simply, madly in love. Or both?

I wish “Allied” looked more assured as an Oscar contender. Only the bewitching costumes of Joanna Johnston may actually make the Academy cut. But it’s a grand ole swoon-worthy time at the cinema and 0ne of the Best Films of the Year in my book.

And Marion Cotillard is a screen legend. Period. Full Stop. And Brad Pitt is Brad Pitt, who could ask for anything more?

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