Robert Altman brings us an insight into the fashion industry after his look at the corrupt film industry in 'The Player'. A top designer (Jean Pierre Cassel) chokes to death, and is presumed murdered. In the subsequent hysteria, the fashion industry is consumed with paranoia, and everybody becomes a murder suspect. Meanwhile, an American sports reporter (Tim Robbins) gets caught up in events when his briefcase is stolen by the dead man's partner...
Robert Altman's much-anticipated broadside at the world of fashion, Pret A Porter
is a disappointment. The film's crazy-quilt Nashville
-like narrative structure and ensemble casting (Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Lauren Bacall, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren) are a thing to behold, but the story's many interlocking pieces lack overall depth and resonating emotion. There is a grand, satiric statement about fashion and society at the end of the film, and there are hints of an aging, nostalgic filmmaker's scepticism about our post-modern world of short-lived attachments and meanings. But watching this film is a long, long uphill climb, with a lot of thin air to endure before arriving at a destination. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
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