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The career-imploding misadventures of former Imf chief (and presumptive French presidential candidate) Dominique Strauss-Kahn get filtered through the uniquely lurid prism of director Abel Ferrara in “Welcome to New York,” a bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege. A sure-fire scandal starter in France, where both Dsk and Depardieu are polarizing topics of conversation, “Welcome” seems a well-calculated risk for French distrib Wild Bunch, which will release the pic in an innovative VOD-only strategy May 17 following a gala Cannes premiere (independent of any official festival section). Elsewhere, Ferrara’s latest will be more of a niche attraction, but should garner more attention than the helmer’s past several efforts — and do much to remind auds of the visceral talent of Depardieu, whose audacious performance is undeniably the pic’s chief selling point. »
- Scott Foundas
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Cohen Film Collection
The thriller stars Sandrine Bonnaire (Queen to Play) as Vivianne, the beloved wife of Rene (Jacques Gamblin, Inspector Bellamy), a painter and art teacher who’s under suspicion when the body of 10-year-old girl is found.
Rene was the girl’s teacher and apparently the last person to see her alive and he becomes increasingly unsettled by his neighbors’ suspicions and the investigation of the inspector (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Munich). Vivianne supports Rene but gets tempted by the advances of an arrogant local TV personality (Antione de Caunes, Mumu).
Not rated, The Color of Lies looks at the culture of lies in societies, from advertising to adultery. The foreign film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the »
2 items from 2014
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