Interview

Interview

DVD - 2007
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Pierre Peders is no stranger to violence and inhumanity, he made his name as a war reporter. He is sent on a clearly beneath-him assignment to meet a soap star. After making a mess of the interview he later winds up at her Manhattan loft apartment.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment : Sony Pictures Classics, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781424872947
1424872944
Branch Call Number: INT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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bstudent
Aug 18, 2011

Life is an education for most of us and unfortunately by the time you realized what you have learned it's too late.

macabrescribe May 24, 2011

Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller are fantastic in this picture. I want so badly for it to be a play so that I may see two intense actors tackle the issues this movie covers so well. The dialogue is extremely well crafted and executed. After a while, the viewer forgets that nearly four-fifths of the movie takes place in the same location. However, I do not like the ending. It does not leave the audience with a good sense of closure. It's almost as if the film ends without ending.

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Michael
Sep 05, 2008

I'm a big fan of Sienna Miller. She's a great new English actress - versatile, engaging, and very underestimated. And in Interview, because she's a blonde, Steve Buscemi's character Pierre Peters would have you believe she's a dumb-blonde. He's a failing political journalist assigned to do a fluff-piece on Katya, a B-movie/tv soap star played by Miller. Of course he's so full of himself, that he can never get a real handle on what's in front of him in Katya.

Despite the fact that Buscemi co-wrote the screenplay and also directed, Sienna Miller steals his show and is really the one in control of this movie. She's very much the consummate cinematic pro playing a young contemporary actress, who's as comfortable french-kissing her female co-star while rehearsing, as she is throwing her tongue down daddy-old Buscemi's throat, just to prove a point.

What Katya does as a matter of daily habit: Flaunt her youth and sexuality with strangers ...stays all-too-long on the phone with friends... snort a little coke to get her through the night - Pierre Peters condemns as idle living, born of an empty psyche, and mixed-up with emotionless angst and human disconnect.

He's so ticked at having to spend time on an assignment he deems clearly beneath him, that he fails to see the emergence of reverse-contempt building in the object of his disgust. He resorts to insults and shaming and an ultimately fateful quick-fix involving a lap-top to try to get a story on her - any story, so he can return to the safe and insular media world he knows best.

But, unable to read Katya properly, Peters miscalculates big time where she's concerned, leaving him, and the movie, with a rather surprising but ultimately turn-the-tables-like fitting ending. If you're not into revenge though, the ending is only a cynical "so what?"

Interview shows on-screen like off-Broadway. I thought it was film adaptation from a play instead of actually being the same-titled remake of a 2003 movie by the late Dutch director Theo Van Gogh. It's excessively wordy, and gets tangled-up because of it. But after every short break in the dialogue, often punctuated by the most obnoxious phone ring-tone I've heard yet, there's a renewed energy in the psychological brinksmanship between actors.

You have to like debate (and Sienna Miller, lol) to like this movie. If you don't like intellectual sparring, or good old fashion argument now and then, you won't like Interview.

I rate it above-average only, because - although it works on the level that the audience has no idea where it's going to lead, and it does end up in some pretty unexpected places, and the dialogue is honest and conflicted and surprising - I could never really warm up past either character's self-indulgence to care what happens to them. That's pivotal for me when it comes to ultimately loving or liking a movie... or just finding it an unconvincing waste of time.

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joseph
Jul 27, 2008

Good. This was a good effort by Buscemi and Sienna Miller. It was a social commentary on celebrity gossip - what could you believe? The picture is just long enough to make its point.

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Michael
Sep 05, 2008

Coarse Language: some very specific swear words used in verbal jousting. Very grahic swear words in genaral dialogue.

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Michael
Sep 05, 2008

Sexual Content: pervasive alluding to sexual proclivity / general references to sex acts and sexual misconduct

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Michael
Sep 05, 2008

Michael thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

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Michael
Sep 05, 2008

Katya: [answering his question] What makes a man attractive? A scar.
Pierre Peders: Why?
Katya: Because... most women have one too

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