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David Cronenberg's film initially appears to be an acerbic swipe at Hollywood ego and excess, along the lines of Robert Altman's
Swimming with Sharks
. But it soon sheds its superficially satirical surface to reveal a fiercely original take on the nightmare that lurks beneath the Hollywood sign. An excellent Julianne Moore plays fading star Havana Segrand, who is desperate for a role in a remake of a film that originally starred her abusive actress mother. Meanwhile, kiddie sensation Benjie Weiss (a fantastic Evan Bird, channelling a kind of Justin Bieber clone) is visited by his previously incarcerated sister Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), who tried to kill him in a house fire. From then on, all manner of ghosts appear with disquieting regularity in this gleefully perverse, haunting film. Beautifully shot in the blazing Californian sunshine by Peter Suschitzky, Cronenberg's movie fuses elements of
with the dreamy surreality of David Lynch's
to craft a twisted Hollywood fairy tale with an unexpectedly heart-rending tragedy at its dark core.
Premiere. A disfigured woman is hired as an assistant to a fading Hollywood star, who has become obsessed with her dead mother and is determined to recreate her most famous film role. Meanwhile, a teen idol goes off the rails under the influence of his overbearing parents and a chauffeur harbours dreams of becoming a writer. David Cronenberg's drama, starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.
Cast & Crew
Dr Stafford Weiss
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
26 Sep 2014
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