Friday, August 10, 2012

Interview (2007) [R] ****




Pierre Peders (Steve Buscemi) is a former war correspondent and political reporter who has faked so many sources and stories that his editor no longer trusts his news reports, and has assigned him to write celebrity puff-pieces. Katya (Sienna Miller) is a twenty-something starlet who's agreed to meet Pierre for an interview. Although they meet in a New York City restaurant, most of the interview takes place in Katya's nearby loft.

This independent film feels like a two-person stage play that was authored by David Mamet or Harold Pinter. Both Pierre and Katya are trying to interview the other one; each is trying to be the cat in a cat-and-mouse game. Anything short of physical violence is permissible, including alcohol, drugs, psychological intimidation and seduction. Neither one can trust the other to tell the truth. Pierre is desperate to find something newsworthy to write about, to prove to his editor, and to himself, that he's not a failure - and Katya senses this. Katya is desperate to prove to her viewers, and to herself, that she's a talented actress, and not just a vapid starlet who only gets roles in TV soap operas and horror films - and Pierre senses this.

To make a two-character story like this one succeed requires a great screenplay and two excellent actors, and Interview has these elements. If you enjoy intimate, small-cast, character-driven films like My Dinner with Andre or Two Girls and a Guy, then you will probably enjoy Interview

Label: drama   
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 64/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=60, viewers=64)



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