The Films of Steve Buscemi
Interview (July 23/07)
Based on the 2003 drama by slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh, Interview casts Steve Buscemi as Pierre Peders - a political reporter who begrudgingly agrees to interview flighty soap actress Katya (Sienna Miller) following a disagreement with his editor. Though Pierre knows virtually nothing of her work, Katya quickly becomes a source of unexpected fascination for the journalist and the two disparate figures are soon baring their souls to one another. While such a scenario could surely never occur in the real world, it becomes easy enough to overlook the implausible nature of the film's premise thanks to a pair of fantastic, utterly compelling performances. Buscemi is as superb as one might've expected, but the real revelation here is Miller; the actress more than holds her own opposite Buscemi, and deftly transforms Katya into a complex figure who is at turns vulnerable, tough, and manipulative. The lack of staginess within Interview is certainly impressive, particularly given that the majority of the film transpires within the confines of a single apartment (director and co-writer Buscemi does a nice job of infusing the proceedings with a palpable sense of fluidness). And while - as anticipated - certain portions of the movie are more interesting than others (with a third-act sequence in which the characters expose their deepest, darkest secrets clearly a highlight), Interview remains a thoughtful, challenging piece of work throughout its refreshingly brisk running time.