The Model (I) (2016)
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To be frank, the film is not a success. The storyline is very soapy, but the pacing is slow in far too many places. This is partly because central character Emma, as played by Maria Palm (a real-life model), is rather glum and lifeless, wafting about the screen like a floaty curtain (but Palm deserves credit for acting not just in her native Danish, but also in English and French). The viewer's feeling that he's watching a soap opera is reinforced by Ed Skrein as Shane, whose husky voice and showy mannerisms are straight out of 'Hollyoaks'. The story does not share with the viewer the legal ramifications for Emma of the climactic scene (you'll know when you've reached it) and there's a very noticeable continuity error when, during a conversation between Emma and Shane, the camera focuses on the back of the latter's neck - in one shot the label of his T-shirt is sticking up, in the next it's no longer visible - a minor thing, admittedly, but one I found distracting. All of which means I'm marking this film 'must try harder'.
The main character from The Model, Emma is a coquette. In my hometown words, we classify these kinds of women and named them 'Green Tea be-tri' - the one who is fresh as green tea that good at acting naive and innocent, but an emotional manipulator.
What is the movie about:
Emma came to Paris for her modeling career, she screwed up her first job and reclaimed the job by seduced the photographer. She lied to the photographer that she doesn't have a boyfriend, in fact she usually has one back in town. Up to that point, I wasn't surprised or mad if Emma just simply fall in love with another guy. The photographer is handsome, and famous that will be helpful to her career. Besides, long distance relationship is difficult, especially living in a foreign country, people have to face everything new, and cannot be comforted when they need it. What goes wrong after was Emma played between men, she cheated to different men.
I couldn't imagine how this plot could be wrote in such unexpected stupid and dramatic. Soon after, the girl not just played with 2 men, she played with 3! After Emma was found to have an affair with the third person, the photographer ended their relationship. Then Emma pretended to be pregnant to get him back, but soon was caught, and betrayed by her roommate. The ending is even more dramatic soapy, spoilers can be included in few words with rape, knife and police, and I have no more interested to recall them in details because I am speechless and sick already.
My option/Why I don't like
The movie exaggerated this chaotic relationship and the temptation, Yet lack of reality, and ignore those genuine hard workers. I can never be a fan of this kind of sickly sentimental story, too fake and negative. It also demonized the model industry.
Having said that, be aware that there is nudity, though that should not be the main selling point nor the main reason why you should avoid it (hopefully). Very powerful performances and a really good well thought of script (with some clichés thrown in for good measure of course as always), that will keep the suspense up until the end.
Basically it's an emotional roller-coaster where you are trying to decide if you should hate or feel sorry for the main character .
Well.. i don't do reviews , but there are at least 700 movies i liked more , but i bothered to review this one .
I'm not sure how well it reflect the reality of a young model in Paris , but certainly it's disturbing . It's not your standard issue action , comedy , or romance movie , and that is why is so captivating .
Earlier i mentioned it's a 'rollercoaster' , well it's a special kind . After each loop , the actions become even more disturbing , until it reaches it's climax , but even after that , a phone call arrives . After so many messed up and unfortunate events the main character gets it's lifetime opportunity . And we are left hanging on this last choice of hers ( accepting or refusing ), as we don't get a response . It leaves you really thinking about things that are not obvious for the ordinary people and what hides under the smile of a supermodel (or it could be a cliffhanger for the second part , who knows...)