Paul Haggis

The Evasive Charm of 'Third Person'
June 18, 2014

Paul Haggis has a reputation for play.

Valley Speak

I didn't get into this in my review of In the Valley of Elah, but the title of the film has provoked a fair amount of head-scratching, even among some of the country's smartest film critics. Around the midpoint of the film, crusty old Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) is asked to tell a bedtime story to the young son of Detective Sanders (Charlize Theron). What he tells the boy is the tale of David and Goliath, whose battle, he explains, took place in the Valley of Elah. The moral: "That's how you fight monsters. You lure them in close to you. You look them in the eye.