Saturday, June 30, 2007

Cinema Talk - Where the truth lies?


Director:Atom Egoyan
Writers:Rupert Holmes (novel)
Atom Egoyan (screenplay)
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman & Rachel Blanchard
Release Date:7 October 2005

"In 1950s America, Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) are superstar entertainers, an odd couple comedy act. The night a beautiful naked corpse is found in the bath of their hotel suite, the duo breaks up and they never speak again ... until 15 years later they are somehow brought together by ambitious young writer, Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman) who is desperately trying to write the Vince Collins biography - complete with details surrounding the mystery death - but competing with Lanny's own plans to publish his life story. Her book would be a million dollar deal for Collins, but her hero worship of the duo gets a bucketing as she gets more and more involved with both men - and more disillusioned about them. The mystery of the dead Maureen (Rachel Blanchard) remains tantalisingly elusive"one thing i definitely did, after watchin the first 10 minutes of the film, as checking the cover of DVD, to check whether David Lynch has got anything to do with the movie. My first initial reaction sense of feeling very unsafe, unsafe of a proper closure, may be after all the hullaboo and what might turn out to be a sick minds misadventure. But surely towards the climax of the film, you really want to know - 'where the truth lies'

Filled with rauchy greed, ambition, manipulative, enticing interiors, and drugged sex, the film is complex and narrative is bizarre but very well put together. Starring Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Matchstick Men 'baby girl' Alison Lohman. Lohman looked lacklustre infront of the gaints of her co-starts, but Kevin Bacon shined in the film. When you hear him speaking, reciting his own story, it becomes very difficult to not to believe in the truth he is cofiding to himself.

Egoyan (whose screenplay is an adaptation of Rupert Holmes' novel) is an evocative director, here creating film-noir-style scenes set in 1957 and 1972 that are almost perfectly constructed. The 1957 scenes are intercut with segments set in 1972, where Karen does the narrating and fills the role that, in an earlier era, would have been a tough-talking private detective. The Telethon night is visited time after time, each time with new revelations and you start piecing the film together again, but fail everytime until the last 15 mins of the film, when the truth is finally revealed.

I think Alison Lohman did a fairly good job but if fails to reach the level of her other co-actors who are brilliant from the word go. I found the narrative structure absoulutely intriguing, and Egoyan is masterful in crafting this.

A must watch not for the sleaze and sex but for the truth.

my rating: 8/10


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