As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s New York City, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit.
Tobi Powell (Sir Patrick Stewart), an aging Juilliard dance professor with a colorful and international past, is interviewed by a woman and her husband (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) for a dissertation she's writing about the history of dance in New York City in the 1960s. As the interview proceeds, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit. Explosive revelation is followed by questions about truth versus belief. It is a story about responsibility, artistic commitment, and love.
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Filled With Twists & Surprises
Not an action flick, this is a character and dialogue driven film containing lots of twists and surprises, and I found it quite engrossing as it offers something different. Instinctively, I felt it might have been a play, and after reading up on it, I saw that is was indeed, with playwright Stephen Belber ably adapting it to the screen and directing as well. Just to note, surprisingly, it contains very raw language and some sexual references in its content.
It's pretty much a 3 person movie, with fine performances from Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Lillard. Stewart portrays Tobi Powell, a retired world-class dancer and choreographer, who now teaches dance at Juilliard, in New York City. He's a complex bi-sexual man, who can be caustic, bombastic, and "swear like a sailor", yet be into knitting and cooking as well.
The ever vivacious Gugino plays Lisa Davis, who has traveled from Seattle with her policeman husband Mike (Lillard) to meet Tobi, and ostensibly interview him for her dissertation on the history of classical choreography. However, after a casual get-together at a local Greek restaurant, Tobi invites the couple to his apartment to continue the interview.
It's not long before Tobi senses there's a lot more at play here than a simple interview, and things begin to get rather intense and even sinister. Henceforth, they'll be a number of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the final scenes.
All in all, this movie got my attention and kept me engaged from start to finish with its surprises and intrigue, along with the excellent performances from all three leads here.
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