Eiff 2016: The Model is Gorgeous but Shallow [Review]

Writer/director Mads Matthiesen's second feature is a stylish, dramatic thriller, chock-full of beautiful people wearing fabulous clothes, taking expensive designer drugs and having sex in chic European hotel rooms. Part morality tale, part character study, it's the story of a young ingénue, an aspiring model, her rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace - all set against the backdrop of the Paris fashion world.

Although the story is, in itself, inherently interesting, the execution is frustratingly leaden, and as things unfold the characters' roles never expand beyond simple ciphers for the writers' fairly pedestrian message. The result is a film which occasionally promises to become genuinely gripping, but instead scores a series of repeated own goals, always forgoing any [Continued ...]
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