A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writer:

Bruce Wagner (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Havana Segrand
Mia Wasikowska ... Agatha Weiss
John Cusack ... Dr. Stafford Weiss
Evan Bird ... Benjie Weiss
Olivia Williams ... Christina Weiss
Robert Pattinson ... Jerome Fontana
Kiara Glasco ... Cammy
Sarah Gadon ... Clarice Taggart
Dawn Greenhalgh ... Genie
Jonathan Watton ... Sterl Carruth
Jennifer Gibson ... Starla Gent
Gord Rand ... Damien Javitz
Justin Kelly ... Rhett
Niamh Wilson ... Sam
Clara Pasieka ... Gretchen Voss
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Storyline

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor. Written by New_Rodro

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Eventually stars burn out.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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As more of Agatha's past is revealed to the viewer, the more visible and pronounced her scar tissue becomes. See more »

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At the courtyard restaurant, the shadows formed by the retaining wall move around between shots. In Christina's shots it's clear the sun is over her left shoulder, with the wall in shadow and the shots completed, perhaps, in the morning. In Harriet's, the shadow of the railing is on the ground, it must be around noon. In Stafford's the wall is lit up, so maybe it's the afternoon. Everyone's going to know the truth now. See more »

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Havana Segrand: I'm sorry, I felt a little... awkward. I guess I'm a bad dyke.
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References Mad Men (2007) See more »

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Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Written by Gary DeCarlo,Paul Leka and Dale Frashuer
Performed by Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska
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Cronenberg ignites a magnificent film with passion and humor...
28 September 2014 | by ClaytonDavisSee all my reviews

Probably the weirdest monster you'll come across this year, David Cronenberg's Map to the Stars is an odd animal full of wit, charm, and pure entertainment value. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but for those who love rich and layered characters, Cronenberg takes on Hollywood with zeal and humor. Some may classify the attempt as "mean," but no different from what Martin Scorsese brought to the table with The Wolf of Wall Street, a black comedy with a much deeper message is fully on display.

Bruce Wagner's script is a masterclass of writing. He finds all unique characters within our social existences and assembles them with stunning resolve. It's hard to believe the guy who wrote "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors" could be capable of such a feat. We also get a subtle score by Howard Shore and stunning contemporary costumes by Denise Cronenberg. Not since The Devil Wears Prada has fashion felt like a separate character piece on a contemporary film set.

With no short of brilliance, the entire cast ignites some of their finest and most compelling works of their careers. It starts obviously with another powerhouse turn by four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore. As "Havana Segrand," an actress dying for a big comeback, Moore illustrates her most vibrant and fruitful interpretation since "Cathy Whitaker" in Far from Heaven. Ferocious, daring, and completely involved, there's no other actress like Julianne Moore on this cinematic planet. Too good for words.

Everything seemed to finally click for actress Mia Wasikowska in her most daring performance to date. A ticking time bomb of emotion, her interpretation of "Agatha" is damn near close to terrifying. Robert Pattinson leaves all his "Twilight" days behind him and continues to evolve as a true performer. Cronenberg obviously knows what the heartthrob is capable of as he continues to use him frequently.

John Cusack and Olivia Williams are a match made in cinema hell, which secretly means heaven. Two people who are despicable together, the pair play insanely well off each other, showcasing luscious movements that all ring true. The young Evan Bird will have all of us learning his name by end credits. Lots of child stars make soft transitions in upbeat films like Little Miss Sunshine and Whale Rider. This is a brave and charismatic performance, channeling the aura of Justin Bieber (unfortunately just based on looks) but with tenacity as such performers as Ryan Gosling.

There are some tough pills to swallow during the viewing. There's incest, murder, "mean girl," moments, children dying which has characters happy to see it, it just doesn't seem to end. However, you will be entranced and placed under its spell from moment one. Cronenberg takes on subjects like violence and family with assurance. He's displayed this ability many times over in his filmmography. Map to the Stars stands tall with all the director's previous efforts.

Map to the Stars is not coy and completely confident in its demeanor. A well orchestrated and symbolic film that stands as one of the year's best films. This is Cronenberg's best effort since A History of Violence.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bailey's Quest See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,422, 1 March 2015

Gross USA:

$350,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,510,934
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1.85 : 1
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