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Interview (2007)

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After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress.

Director:

Steve Buscemi

Writers:

David Schechter, Theo van Gogh (based on the film by) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Pierre Peders
Sienna Miller ... Katya
Michael Buscemi ... Robert Peders
Tara Elders ... Maggie
David Schechter David Schechter ... Maitre'd
Molly Griffith ... Waitress
Elizabeth Bracco ... Woman at Restaurant
James Villemaire ... Man at Restaurant
Jackson Loo Jackson Loo ... Fan at Restaurant
Craig muMs Grant ... Cab Driver (as muMs)
Doc Dougherty Doc Dougherty ... Truck Driver
Donna Hanover ... Commentator
Wayne Wilcox ... Hunky Actor
Danny Schechter Danny Schechter ... Political Pundit
Philippe Vonlanthen ... Autograph Seeker #1
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Storyline

Everyone wants a piece of a celebrity. Pierre is a political reporter, assigned to write a fluff piece on Katya, a blond who acts in slasher movies and a Fox show about single girls in the city. The interview, at a restaurant, goes badly: she's late, he's unprepared and rude. After leaving, he bangs his head in a fender bender and she takes him to her loft to clean the wound. Lubricated by alcohol and competitive natures, the interview resumes. She takes phone calls from her fiancé, Pierre reads her diary on her computer. They discuss wounds, he expresses concern, father-daughter feelings arise. Out come camcorders to tape their darkest secrets. Is friendship or more in the offing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A journalist and a starlet take on media, truth and celebrity. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The brother of Pierre (the Steve Buscemi's character) is played by Michael Buscemi, Steve's real-life brother. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, as Pierre leaves the hospital to meet with Katya he calls a cab. His shirt is out and over his trousers. But at the hospital it is tucked in. And at the restaurant it is again tucked in. As Pierre leaves the loft his shirt is out of his pants as it it should be. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Peders: [to Katya] You are beautiful.
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Connections

Referenced in Aristokraticheskiy kinematograf: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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Pancakes
Written and Performed by Marvin Pontiac
Courtesy of Strange & Beautiful Music
Published by Lagarto Productions, Inc. ASCAP
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Film Review - Interview
30 November 2007 | by SpookwhiskeySee all my reviews

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Interview proves itself an actor's dream. Co-written and directed by Steve Buscemi, the film is an insightful, at times intense exploration of the nature of celebrity, as experienced by a world-wearied, overly cocksure political journalist who'd do well not to underestimate his beautiful interviewee.

Buscemi is Pierre, the flailing reporter who begrudgingly finds himself waiting to interview Katya (Sienna Miller), the latest in a long line of flash-in-the-pan Hollywood It Girls. As played by Miller, Katya is a charming, supercilious, seductive, wild-tempered, pouting, screaming enigma, proving much more densely layered than the Paris Hilton clone who first presents herself to Pierre at the restaurant an hour late, tiny handbag yapping with the sound of a miniature dog mobile ringtone. While it's clear the uninterested and impolite Pierre initially cares very little for his subject, a strange relationship begins to emerge between the unlikely pair as the evening takes a turn for the unexpected, with an injured Pierre invited back to Katya's spacious loft. Once here, moods swing violently, old wounds re-open and skeletons emerge from closets, an uneasy air of sexual tension underscoring the proceedings.

Buscemi is certainly an excellent director of actors, himself not only in fine, sharply skewed form, but also earning from Miller possibly her best performance to date. This is literally a two-character piece, and thanks to the powers of both actors, Interview remains in constant command of our attention. If there's one complaint, it's that the film at times feels overly stagey, but this is a small grievance when weighed against the superior performances on show. The hand-held digital camera-work ably services a voyeuristic plot, and the script crackles with caustic repartee.

The remake of a film by murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gough, Interview is a tight, engaging drama with a thick nasty streak and an acutely barbed final act. It's a fine showcase for both Buscemi the actor and the filmmaker, and promises excellent things to come from Miller.


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Country:

USA | Canada | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Steve Buscemi Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,016, 15 July 2007

Gross USA:

$416,951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,469,644
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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