Pierre Peters (Steve Buscemi) considers himself to be a serious political journalist but his star is fading. When his bosses send him off to interview star actress and celebrity magazine fodder Katya (Sienna Miller), old school media meets the new world as a dark night of the soul unfolds.
This is essentially a two-hander based on Dutch filmmaker and advocate of freedom of speech Theo Van Gogh’s 2003 film of the same name (Van Gogh was stabbed to death in November 2004 by a Muslim extremist in response to the film Submission: Part I, a film about the mistreatment of women in Islam, which had been shown on Dutch television in the August of that year). As Pierre and Katya go head to head and drunkenly try to understand each other’s worlds, a web of secrets, lies and game-playing begins to take hold. It’s like Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre or Bergman’s After the Rehearsal with killer bourbon, cocaine and boob jobs. The longest section in the film takes place in Katya’s spacious loft apartment in downtown Manhattan, Buscemi as director captuing the chatty inaction with inventive use of Van Gogh’s trademark three camera style in an attempt (largely unsuccessful) to rid the film of its stagy feeling.
The performances are everything here and Miller and Buscemi both delve deep to capture the basic ugliness of their characters in an attempt to emphasise the film’s main theme of the falsehoods at the heart of the bare-all celebrity media culture. Interview is a fine, mildly daring film that brings to mind other difficult, bloody minded tracts about pointless reportage, most notably the junkie war photographer Anthony Lloyd’s memoir My War Gone By, I Miss It So.
Selected release from Fri 2 Nov.