Their encounter is suitably awkward at first, slowly moving towards intimacy and all the while tinged with a sense of longing and loneliness. Meanwhile, Murray (Allen loaded with neuroses as per usual) is out courting the affections of an introverted Jewish widow, Avigal (Vanessa Paradis). This affords the arrival of a less successful subplot involving Jewish community cop Dovi (Liev Schreiber), who's hot on Allen's pimping ways and even calls a Jewish council as part of his investigation. This aspect is mishandled, but does allow for some interesting territory to be explored, namely the rigidity of religious laws versus the need for physical affection, contact and above all love. Of course, certain scenes - such as Turturro writing himself into a threesome with Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara's smouldering Selima - feels like a step too far. Fortunately, love wins out over Fading Gigolo's seemingly smutty premise. Bolstered by an excellent jazz score, the combination of Turturro and Allen may not be perfect, but it's certainly a sincere one.