Interview is the latest film directed by Steve Buscemi, starring Steve Buscemi. Based on the late Dutch director Theo Van Gogh’s 2003 film of the same name, Interview picks up in the Sundance minimalist tradition.
Pierre Peters is a former respected political journalist who is assigned to interview Katja, the star of the latest crappy horror sequel. Katja (Sienna Miller) is your typical crappy hot blond actress, more famous for the people she dates and her fluctuating breast size than her movie career. The whole movie essentially chronicles the events of the interview. Like Hard Candy (Sundance 2005), 99% of Interview takes place in one location (Katja’s Apartment) with the two main stars (Bucemi and Miller).
Shot on XD video, the movie has that immediate cheap video look. Interview could very well be a play (in fact the story has been adapted into a stage version overseas), but is naturally photographed. As the film progresses, the conversation elevates to more and more personal levels leading to some intriguing twists.
Interview is a compelling psychological character study. It’s very hard to keep a film like Interview interesting. Many two star conversational efforts eventually hit a lull. Buscemi’s film keeps it’s momentum through-out.
/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10