In the universe of Woody Allen's new film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, all of the characters are attractive, with tastefully decorated London flats, in relationships with passionate, intelligent partners and working at or retired from interesting jobs —so why isn't anyone happy?
Sally yearns to have her own gallery and a baby, her husband Roy wants to be published again and daydreams about the girl next door. Sally's father, Alfie, has left his wife for a younger woman, only to find his excitement fade to unbearable loneliness. His former wife Helena, Sally's mother, finds comfort in a fortune teller and wonders about her previous lives. That describes only a handful of characters, and just the first 15 minutes. If it weren't for the many locations, you'd swear you were watching a play; a farce replete with the occasional gasp or shreik before a door closes or curtain is drawn.
The movie suggests that happiness is fleeting, and only in the wanting of things, not having them. The characters struggle with their restlessness, the audience becomes restless watching them struggle.