Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her final gesture of taking a ring off her finger signals she is leaving her previous life in Holland behind. She goes to Ireland, where she chooses to lead a solitary, wandering existence, striding through the austere landscapes of Connemara. During her travels, she discovers a house that is home to a hermit, Martin.
Nothing Personal is a quiet little movie that kind of sneaks up on you. Steven Rea, who is one of my favorite actors, is in it. The scene opens with an attractive woman, who’s clearly distraught, sitting in an empty apartment watching her belongings being taken by other people. She’s obviously put them out on the curb. And what we see is her wanderlust and loneliness. She ends up going to this stone cottage on a deserted island in Ireland and meeting Steven Rea, who wants to tell her his life story, and she says I don’t care. This is one of the rudest heroines you’ll ever see on film, including “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. She’s a tough cookie. But what you see in this movie is slow, and patient, and unfolding, and really quite lovely. So, I’ll give it four stars.