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Interview (2007)

Director:
Steve Buscemi
COUNTRY
USA/Canada/Netherlands
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Interview
RUNNING TIME
85 minutes
Producer:
Gijs van de Westelaken
Bruce Weiss
Screenwriter (based on the film by Theo Van Gogh):
Steve Buscemi
David Schechter
 


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Katya Sienna Miller
Pierre Peters Steve Buscemi
Robert Peters Michael Buscemi
Boyfriend on phone (voice) James Franco

 

Review

Based on a 2003 film by the late controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, Steve Buscemi's Interview feels like a film that should have evoked more emotion and thought than it is able to do. It is a competent, but ultimately feeble attempt at portraying two self-centered, merciless products of two different extremes of the mass media society, and the power struggle which unfolds between them. The form is intriguing and well set up, as Buscemi and Miller both have the capacity to hold their own in a stagy two-way drama, but their Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf-ish outbursts and mood shifts never become as dynamic or spontaneous as one could hope, and the film ultimately suffers from its format. The characters lack the distinctions that would have made them layered and interesting. Instead they feel half-done, hence the ending doesn't hold the power and bittersweetness it should.

Copyright 26.3.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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