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Suspension of Disbelief Review


Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) continues to explore experimental styles of cinema (see Timecode or Hotel) with this playful in-joke about the act of artistic creation. It's an ambitious idea that never quite overcomes the indulgent approach, but the gimmicky touches and mysterious noir vibe hold our interest even if the characters are never very clearly developed.

At the centre is screenwriter Martin (Koch), who lectures at a London film school as his long-awaited new script is finally going into production. His daughter Sarah (Night) has landed a lead role in the film, and Martin celebrates this with her at her 25th birthday. He also becomes fascinated by her friend Angelique (Verbeek), who turns up dead in a canal the next morning, leaving him as the prime suspect. A police inspector (Cranham) is especially suspicious since Martin's wife (Fox in flashback) went missing 15 years ago. Then Angelique's twin Therese (also Verbeek) turns up to twist things further.

Figgis continually throws us out of the story by referring to the film within the film. For example, characters are continually picking up movie scripts that describe them picking up movie scripts. And Figgis further tweaks us with on-screen captions, split-screen angles and movie-set camera gags, plus of course the fact that a central character is an identical twin. But because of all of this self-referential trickery, we can never engage with the story or characters at all.

Continue reading: Suspension of Disbelief Review

Picture - Frances de la Tour London, England, Monday 28th November 2011

Frances de la Tour and Odeon Leicester Square Monday 28th November 2011 Royal Film Performance 2011: Hugo in 3D at Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals London, England

Picture - Frances de la Tour, New York City, USA, Monday 21st November 2011

Frances de la Tour and Ziegfeld Theatre - Frances de la Tour, New York City, USA - at the 'Hugo' premiere shown at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Monday 21st November 2011

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