Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: R for language, sexual references and drug use
Run Time: 1 hour, 23 minutes
Actor Steve Buscemi (“Fargo” et al) steps behind the camera for an emotionally charged drama pitting master manipulators in a captivating roundelay.
Pierre Peders (Buscemi) is a hard-bitten war correspondent assigned to an unlikely puff-piece on It Girl actress Katya (Sienna Miller) who is touting her latest B-movie.
interview is off from the get-go.
Pierre and Katya mark their territories with suspicion and doubt; he a veteran of real-life horrors and she a pampered, petulant star with an endless parade of sycophants at her beck and call.
Mutt and Jeff; oil and water. But both ache from deep hurts, possessing the uncanny ability to spin a web of lies that lays a foundation of deceit both dark and profoundly illuminating. The niggling sensation of psychological illusion lessens the load but strengthens the entertainment value.
The collision of two worlds is scored by witty banter, revealing confessions and simmering sexual attraction. Tension, humor and pathos are wrung out from smart scripting and surprisingly effective performances. Miller shines as a pop diva with more under her bleached tresses than dark roots. Buscemi is the consummate pro.
untimely death in 2004, Dutch director Theo van Gogh visualized remaking three
of his Dutch-language films into English, each in a