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Interview

6 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the festival screening of "Interview".PARK CITY -- Part of a trilogy by slain Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh being remade by American directors, "Interview" is a two-hander pitting a world weary war reporter against a B-movie actress. Directed by Steve Buscemi, the film is an impressive formal accomplishment as it takes place mostly in one room. But while it is never dull, and occasionally sparks, material fails to ignite. Given unique nature of the project, exposure beyond film festivals and specialized cable outlets is unlikely.

Van Gogh -- an author, talk show host and agent provocateur in the Netherlands before a Muslim extremist irate at a short film he made murdered him -- had conceived the film as a battle of the sexes more than a comment on celebrity. Buscemi moves the film to New York but largely follows van Gogh's model.

A political reporter and war correspondent for a weekly news magazine, Peter Peders (Buscemi) is dispatched, much to his chagrin, to interview the TV and film star Katja (Sienna Miller). She arrives an hour late, wearing sunglasses at night, and demands her usual table, even if it means uprooting customers already seated, at a chic restaurant. Peders can't disguise his disgust and the interview soon blows up and they both leave.

However, when Peders cuts his head in a minor cab accident, Katja brings him back to her loft to patch him up. There the interview resumes in fits and starts as both of them drink heavily and toy with each other. In a kind of sick father-daughter or sadistic lover relationship, the two search for the upper hand. Screenplay by Buscemi and David Schechter keeps the sexual tension palpable and one wonders if they are going to sleep together or kill each other first.

Peders whines about his career, whines about having to do a fluff piece; Katja whines about her career and the hardships of celebrity. Neither of them is appealing or sympathetic. Like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" in a minor key, they keep hammering at each other, stripping away the layers. Whether it's peeling an onion or getting to some deeper truth is hard to tell because the characters are so full of subterfuge.

In a perverse way, it's fun observing how they manipulate each other. Peders confesses some dark secrets that may or may not be true, and even peeks in Katja's commuter looking for ammunition to use against her. For her part, she uses her sexuality and celebrity to dominate. By the end of the evening they despise each other.

Material sometimes plays more like a one-set theater piece, but on a technical level, Buscemi manages to keep the action moving when it threatens to bog down. Loren Weeks compartmentalized design for the loft, Thomas Kist's roving camera and Kate Williams editing give the story continuity and fluidity. Following van Gogh's style, film uses three cameras simultaneously to create a sense of immediacy and intimacy. As a formal experiment, the film is fascinating to watch, just don't expect to learn anything new.

INTERVIEW

Column Productions, Ironworks Production, Cinemavault Releasing

Credits:

Director: Steve Buscemi

Writer: David Schechter, Steve Buscemi

Producers: Bruce Weiss, Gijs van de Westelaken

Executive producer: Nick Stiliadis

Director of photography: Thomas Kist

Production designer: Loren Weeks

Costume designer: Vicki Farrell

Editor: Kate Williams

Cast:

Pierre Peders: Steve Buscemi

Katya: Sienna Miller

Maggie: Tara Elders

Waitress: Molly Griffith

Running time -- 86 minutes

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Interview

6 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARK CITY -- Part of a trilogy by slain Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh being remade by American directors, "Interview" is a two-hander pitting a world weary war reporter against a B-movie actress. Directed by Steve Buscemi, the film is an impressive formal accomplishment as it takes place mostly in one room. But while it is never dull, and occasionally sparks, material fails to ignite. Given unique nature of the project, exposure beyond film festivals and specialized cable outlets is unlikely.

Van Gogh -- an author, talk show host and agent provocateur in the Netherlands before a Muslim extremist irate at a short film he made murdered him -- had conceived the film as a battle of the sexes more than a comment on celebrity. Buscemi moves the film to New York but largely follows van Gogh's model.

A political reporter and war correspondent for a weekly news magazine, Peter Peders (Buscemi) is dispatched, much to his chagrin, to interview the TV and film star Katja (Sienna Miller). She arrives an hour late, wearing sunglasses at night, and demands her usual table, even if it means uprooting customers already seated, at a chic restaurant. Peders can't disguise his disgust and the interview soon blows up and they both leave.

However, when Peders cuts his head in a minor cab accident, Katja brings him back to her loft to patch him up. There the interview resumes in fits and starts as both of them drink heavily and toy with each other. In a kind of sick father-daughter or sadistic lover relationship, the two search for the upper hand. Screenplay by Buscemi and David Schechter keeps the sexual tension palpable and one wonders if they are going to sleep together or kill each other first.

Peders whines about his career, whines about having to do a fluff piece; Katja whines about her career and the hardships of celebrity. Neither of them is appealing or sympathetic. Like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" in a minor key, they keep hammering at each other, stripping away the layers. Whether it's peeling an onion or getting to some deeper truth is hard to tell because the characters are so full of subterfuge.

In a perverse way, it's fun observing how they manipulate each other. Peders confesses some dark secrets that may or may not be true, and even peeks in Katja's commuter looking for ammunition to use against her. For her part, she uses her sexuality and celebrity to dominate. By the end of the evening they despise each other.

Material sometimes plays more like a one-set theater piece, but on a technical level, Buscemi manages to keep the action moving when it threatens to bog down. Loren Weeks compartmentalized design for the loft, Thomas Kist's roving camera and Kate Williams editing give the story continuity and fluidity. Following van Gogh's style, film uses three cameras simultaneously to create a sense of immediacy and intimacy. As a formal experiment, the film is fascinating to watch, just don't expect to learn anything new.

INTERVIEW

Column Productions, Ironworks Production, Cinemavault Releasing

Credits:

Director: Steve Buscemi

Writer: David Schechter, Steve Buscemi

Producers: Bruce Weiss, Gijs van de Westelaken

Executive producer: Nick Stiliadis

Director of photography: Thomas Kist

Production designer: Loren Weeks

Costume designer: Vicki Farrell

Editor: Kate Williams

Cast:

Pierre Peders: Steve Buscemi

Katya: Sienna Miller

Maggie: Tara Elders

Waitress: Molly Griffith

Running time -- 86 minutes

No MPAA rating

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