Posted at 6:24 PM on February 14, 2008
by Euan Kerr
Steve Buscemi's "Interview" is just plain marvelous on a number of levels.
There is the story.
A jaded political hack journalist Pierre (Buscemi) is assigned to interview celebrity sex kitten Katya (Sienna Miller.) Despite holding each other in pretty open contempt, they are intrigued enough, or perhaps sufficiently trapped by circumstance to keep talking through an evening.
Buscemi, who also directs, spins us around as we learn more about what motivates two lost characters. Miller was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award this year for her performance, and Buscemi is at his acid best.
What is also intriguing is the story behind the story. "Interview" is a remake of a Dutch film directed by Theo van Goch who was murdered in broad daylight in November 2004 by a man upset by a short film van Goch had made about the treatment of Islamic women.
Van Goch has always made film intended to foment discussion, often by insulting people. Yet he had always wanted to remake some of his films in the US. "Interview," which is a delicious examination of the relationship between celebrity and the press, was originally shot with a real Dutch celebrity as the star, using her own apartment as the set.