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Love Is Never Having to Ask For 'Permission'

Love Is Never Having to Ask For 'Permission'
From WWD - February 8, 2018

Actress Rebecca Hall doesnt need anyones approval to speak her mind. In fact, when one meets Hall, who recently sounded off on Instagram about working with embattled director Woody Allen, its obvious shes far more confident than her character Anna in Permission, opening today, who nonetheless tells her longtime partner she wants to open their relationship to other people.For the record, Hall says she has no interest in that kind of arrangement.

Perfect Anna and Will (Dan Stevens) have above-average good looks, a spacious urban apartment and an easy, comfortable rapport. They have fun together, and they have sex, although not necessarily at the same time.Ironically, its Annas friend Reece, played by Halls husband, Morgan Spector, who suggests shesleep around before her inevitable marriage to Will. Annaproposes opening their relationship as a sexual experiment, and Will reluctantly agrees.

Permission is no morality tale. The film has the imprint of a woman. Its no coincidence that Hallalso served as a producer and was determined not to treat lapses in monogamy in typical putative Hollywood fashion.

Brian Crano, the writer and director, is one of my oldest friends.Its lighthearted and based on familiar women with sexual agency, but theyre not psychotictheyre not bunny boilers,Hall says, referring to the classic Fatal Attraction scene where Glenn Close plays a spurned lover who kills her former paramours family pet.

Still, the fact that Hall has to qualify sexual agencywith the disclaimer that Anna, a woman in command of her libido, isnt a crazed stalker is a telling remark, especially when taken in the context of todays complex sexual politics.

Halls relationship with the #MeToo movementhas more than 50 subtle gradations of gray.While the actress credited Allen for casting her in his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona when she was a lesser-known commodity, Hall says she felt compelled to publicly apologize for working with him a second timeon the upcoming A Rainy Day in New York.

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