It’s safe to say that Variety‘s Derek Elley has problems with Woody Allen‘s way with earthy British dialogue — the Cockney accents and what Elley claims is a generally irritating-to-British-ears quality — in Cassandra’s Dream (Weinstein Co., 11.30), which has just played the Venice Film Festival.

But the most startling observation is that this supposedly super-dark drama — debt, murder, self-destruction and a femme fatale straight out of the Jane Greer handbook — is “actually a low-key, bumpy black comedy.” There’s no indication of this at all in the trailer, of course, but then trailers always lie.

The drama costars Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell,Tom Wilkinson, Hayley Atwell and Sally Hawkins