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Stylish and clever but a bit depressing
on 8 November 2006
If you like films which are stylish, elegant, sexy, well acted and sophisticated you may enjoy this DVD.
However, if you like there to be at least one sympathetic character you feel able to care about, and prefer a happy ending, you should probably leave it alone.
It tells the story of a young female editor, getting her first big break in publishing by interviewing one of two former TV stars she had idolised as a child.
Fifteen years ago a young woman had been found dead in their hotel suite, and their partnership had broken up. Now both of them are looking to write their memoirs - and the skeletons begin to come crashing from the closets.
Some absolutely brilliant character acting by Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth as the former stars, well supported by the rest of the cast. Also does a really good job of depicting the manners, dress and morals (or lack of them) of the show business scene two or three decades ago.
However, the story is extremely dark. I watched this to the end and got a moderate amount of pleasure out of it. My wife gave up half way through and went to bed on the grounds that she couldn't sympathise with a single one of the characters: she thought they were all horrible and couldn't make herself care about the wicked things they were doing to one another.
I don't regret having rented this, but I am glad I didn't buy it. If you do decide to watch it, I can recommend the "deleted scenes" section of the extras menu - some quite good moments ended up on the cutting room floor.