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Haggis: Third Person like a puzzle

Paul Haggis has revealed how he changed the order of the scenes in his new film Third Person several times before deciding on the final beginning and ending.

The director described the film about three love stories as a "puzzle" which he pieced together.

Paul admitted that on the face of it Third Person appears to be about three stories that take place in three cities - Rome, Paris and New York - "where the characters could never meet".

But when strange, incongruent things start to occur, the audience will realise that "it just pretends to be three love stories and then it's a puzzle".

As for intertwining the stories, he said, "You put them together. You pull them apart" several times before showing it to friends and in limited screenings and then starting all over again. "It was deconstructed and constructed dozens and dozens of times."

Paul weaves the stories together like he did with his 2004 film, Crash, which won Oscars for best picture and original screenplay.

Third Person, which he wrote and directed, explores how and why people fall in love - and the passion, trust and betrayal that can follow.

The all-star cast includes Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody and James Franco.

Liam said Paul's storytelling style attracted him to the role.

"Paul's very, very gifted at doing these multi-strata stories," he said. "And they're very, very clever."

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