Daring British barrister Francesca Smithson, the darling of the press for her courtroom tactics, is appointed to defend American CFO Hugo Danch at hearings to extradite him to New York for absconding with a fortune from his crashing company Engone.
Proposed cast: Hilary Swank (Francesca)
But at the hotel there's a mix-up—she's sent to the suite of Romeo Balue, a light-hearted charmer who mistakes her for the call girl he'd ordered—
Proposed cast: Javier Bardem (Romeo)
—and, what is it, her spirit of fun? she is in a rut—she plays along!
Soon she's leading a double life—by night Romeo's bird of paradise, by day the defender of a man with a briefcase full of bearer bonds.
Proposed cast: Tim Robbins (Hugo)
To avoid arrest Hugo allows her to take charge of the bonds—but then Romeo disappears with them! Who's been conning who?
Turns out he's a retired art thief, whose mistress Ada Hauptmeier has seen paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts that the Nazis confiscated from her family, and are now in the hands of the Russian government, where they're being pilfered away. She doesn't want Romeo to do anything bad, but he's looking into it.
Proposed cast: Anamaria Marinca (Ada)
And why not scoop the bonds at the same time?
What's Francesca to do? All right, she was bored with her fiancé, Jason—
Proposed cast: Steve Pemberton (Jason)
—but Romeo has disappeared with the bonds, and a truck full of paintings, left her on the hook with some murderous people...and the game heats up.
Set in London—
—and Lake Como—
Pretentious Pictures presents a romantic thriller.