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‘360’ comes around to Blu-ray

It’s strange that a film thematically preoccupied with stories coming full circle would fail to bring matters to a logical conclusion. But so it goes with “360” (2012), an interconnected-circumstance genre entry (see “Crash,” “Babel”) that virtually bypassed theaters, despite a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Ben Foster. Director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God,” “The Constant Gardener”) and writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen”) put a contemporary spin on Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler’s 19th-century play “La Ronde” with their take on the border-skipping ripple effects of lust, intimacy, and infidelity. The chain begins, fittingly, in Vienna, with a Slovakian girl
(Lucia Siposova) whose tentative foray into prostitution touches off some soul-searching by a visiting British businessman (Law). Back in London, we meet a 40-something woman (Weisz) who not coincidentally shares Law’s dissatisfied melancholy. Her indiscretions upset a younger woman (Maria Flor), who’s soon headed back to her family in Brazil. It’s a circuitous trip that brings her into contact with a sad-eyed paternal man (Hopkins, pictured) wearied by personal tragedy, and a crazy-eyed sex offender (Foster) bound for an outplacement program. The familiar cast does polished work, despite material that’s underexplored (and, in Foster’s case, narratively preposterous). The broader international cast is also solid, though, especially Jamel Debbouze (“Chicken With Plums”) as a
Parisian Muslim tormented by infatuation. If every character offered his depth, “360” might have avoided its theatrical distributor’s circular file. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)


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