Sometimes diamonds are not a girl’s best friend. It’s London in 1960 and Laura Quinn (Demi Moore) is beginning to realise that her hard won managerial post for the South African owned London Diamond Company may not be as secure as she thought. When company cleaner Howard Hobbs (Michael Caine) approaches her with a get rich quick scheme her disbelief quickly turns to involvement.
No one makes good solid entertainment like Michael Radford (White Mischief, Il Postino, Another Time Another Place) and for the majority of its running time Flawless illustrates the fact that Radford may just be our most unfairly neglected mainstream filmmaker. Scripted by Edward Anderson, Flawless may borrow the ‘interview as flashback’ conceit from Titanic but its real heart lies in the more benign British heist films of the 1960s, the most noticeable of which – Basil Deardon’s The League of Gentlemen even gets a cameo in this film.
Though incredibly contrived and unbelievable, Flawless does boast decent performances from Moore and Caine and the cast of familiar British actors (Joss Ackland, Nathaniel Parker, Lambert Wilson) as well as great sets and fantastic period detail. It also makes the surprisingly prescient connection between blood diamonds and the suppression of rightful protest (in this case South Africa’s tragic Sharpville Massacre) Unfortunately the film does run out of steam and it’s pat conclusion is a tad silly.
Selected release from Fri 28 Nov.