2007   USA Interview
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Director:Steve Buscemi
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
IMDb Rating:6.9 (8,763 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 37 wins & 23 nominations
Duration:84 min
Steve Buscemi  ...  (Director)
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava  ...  (Writer)
Steve Buscemi  ...  Pierre Peders
Sienna Miller  ...  Katya
Patton Oswalt  ...  Remy
Ian Holm  ...  Skinner
Lou Romano  ...  Linguini
Brian Dennehy  ...  Django
Peter Sohn  ...  Emile
Peter O'Toole  ...  Anton Ego
Brad Garrett  ...  Gusteau
Janeane Garofalo  ...  Colette
Will Arnett  ...  Horst
Julius Callahan  ...  Lalo
James Remar  ...  Larousse
John Ratzenberger  ...  Mustafa
Teddy Newton  ...  Lawyer (Talon Labarthe) (voice)
Tony Fucile  ...  Pompidou
Jake Steinfeld  ...  Git (Lab Rat) (voice)
Thomas Kist  ...  Cinematographer
Kate Williams  ...  Editor
Michael Buscemi  ...  Robert Peders
Tara Elders  ...  Maggie
David Schechter  ...  Maitre'd
Molly Griffith  ...  Waitress
Elizabeth Bracco  ...  Woman at Restaurant
James Villemaire  ...  Man at Restaurant
Jackson Loo  ...  Fan at Restaurant
Craig muMs Grant  ...  Cab Driver
Doc Dougherty  ...  Truck Driver
Donna Hanover  ...  Commentator
Wayne Wilcox  ...  Hunky Actor
Danny Schechter  ...  Political Pundit
Philippe Vonlanthen  ...  Autograph Seeker #1
Comments: Dinner is served... Summer 2007

Summary: After directing three films and an Emmy-winning episode of The Sopranos, Steve Buscemi turned to Holland--specifically to the work of Theo van Gogh. Before his 2004 murder by an Islamic extremist, the Dutch filmmaker (and Vincent van Gogh descendent) was planning an English-language version of his 2003 Interview--even considering Madonna for the Katja Schuurman role. In Buscemi's reconfiguration, the actor plays jaded journalist Pierre. Once a war correspondent, he now takes any gig he can get. When his editor assigns him an interview with tabloid fixture Katya (Sienna Miller, doing her finest work to date), Pierre grudgingly acquiesces. Their first meeting in a restaurant is a bust. But through a chance second encounter, they continue their verbal volly in her roomy Manhattan loft, where Pierre discovers that Katya is sharper than her image suggests, and she learns about his tragic past. They flirt, fight, kiss, and cry. By the end it becomes clear that one of them isn't being completely honest. As an acting exercise, Interview gets the job done, and Miller's American accent is especially convincing. As a story, it's less satisfying, not because of the minimal cast or stage-like setting--My Dinner With André made a virtue out of similar limitations--but because the opponents aren't evenly matched. They're also less agreeable than Louis Malle's dining companions. Interview is first in a trio of van Gogh adaptations, with Stanley Tucci attached to Blind Date and John Turturro to 1-900. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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