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Directed by Steve Buscemi

Directed by: Directed by Steve Buscemi
Cinemavault Releasing
Pierre (Buscemi) is an embittered political pundit, the kind of talking head who crops up on CNN and bores within seconds.

After a falling out with his editor, he's assigned off his beat, an interview with New York loft-dwelling superstarlet Katya (Sienna Miller), more famous for her party lifestyle than her work in soap operas and horror movies. They don't hit it off. Instead, their two-handed exchange becomes a game of false revelations and sexual control.

A remake of a film of the same name by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, the picture, while ambitious, never gets below the humourless surface of two people messing with each other's feelings for the sake of it. Pierre is such an obnoxious wanker and Katya, such a manipulative, self-involved egoist, that the script's insights into manufactured celebrity are waylaid by the characters' sheer meanness. It's the kind of stagey, single-location material that's much better suited to the theatre, where psychodrama can really breathe.

Credit to Buscemi and Miller's performances; the characters are sadly, believably fucked-up. But as you grow to loathe them, you won't care who's left standing at the end of their crisp, 84-minute power struggle.
Carsten Knox

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