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'Winter's Tale' - a love story about good and evil that wooed its stars

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'Winter's Tale' - a love story about good and evil that wooed its stars
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Based on Mark Helprin’s bestseller, ‘Winter’s Tale’ is a romantic fantasy staring Colin Farrell as a petty thief who is on the run from a crime boss.

While robbing her house, he meets and falls in love with a young woman who is dying of consumption, played by Jessica Brown Findlay.

Farrell says he fell in love with the story: “I just went with it. Maybe I’m a big, old softie, a hopeless romantic, I don’t know. I did. It just gripped me from the start. I love the period and I just completely went for it and bought it.”

“Yeah, and for that reason, I loved it. I suppose I loved it for the boldness that that is and what it takes for a story like that to be made now,” agreed co-star Jessica Brown Findlay.

The film has received mostly negative reviews, but its director Akiva Goldsman said he was not worried about cynics who may not appreciate its message.

“For me, being open-hearted and hopeful and looking for a reasonableness behind the world is important. It’s not easy. I think life gives you endless reasons to be cynical but I choose to try to find the hope of purpose,” said Goldsman.

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, ‘Winter’s Tale’ is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.

It also featured Russell Crowe as the demonic crime boss and Will Smith as Lucifer.

‘Winter’s Tale’ is in cinemas from Valentine’s Day.