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Interview (2007)

Sienna Miller , Steve Buscemi , Steve Buscemi  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi, Michael Buscemi, Tara Elders, David Schechter
  • Directors: Steve Buscemi
  • Writers: Steve Buscemi, David Schechter, Hans Teeuwen, Theo van Gogh, Theodor Holman
  • Producers: Al Miller, Alan Delsman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC38WI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Interview" on IMDb

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Self-destructive journalist Pierre Peders (Buscemi) is no stranger to violence and inhumanity. Having made his name as a war reporter, he has traveled the world seeing some of the most horrifying sights imaginable. So he feels that his current puff-piece assignment, an interview with pop diva, TV and movie star Katya (Miller), is beneath his dignity. The two meet in a restaurant and, instantly, it's a collision of two worlds -- Pierre's serious political focus and Katya's superficial world of celebrity. But perhaps all is not as it appears. When Pierre is slightly injured in a traffic accident inadvertently caused by Katya -- she's the proverbial girl who causes traffic accidents -- they end up in Katya's spacious loft for a long night of talking, drinking, sparring, and coming close to a sort of embattled intimacy. Each is scarred in their own way, aching from deep, hidden pain. But honest revelations give way to punishing deceptions. Their confrontation evolves into a passi

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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'And in this corner of the ring...' December 26, 2007
INTERVIEW is a smart little independent film adapted from the 2003 Theo van Gogh film by the same name, a film that drew a lot of attention based on a script by Theodor Holman, which in turn was based on an idea by Hans Teeuwen sparring the famous Dutch actress Katja Schuurman with actor Pierre Bokma. In this adaptation Steve Buscemi reworked the Holman screenplay with the help of David Schechter, changing the female role to a tabloid type bombshell actress (also named Katya, played with razor sharp clarity by Sienna Miller) with a disgruntle political reporter Pierre (Steve Buscemi) whose career is on the skids requiring that he take lousy assignments such as this interview to stay alive.

Other than a disastrous opening in a classy restaurant where the two characters realize they are ridiculously mismatched as an interview pair, the entire film takes place in Katya's loft. Katya appears shallow and short of goals and Pierre only acquiesces to complete the interview when he suffers a head injury and is invited for ice and drink to Katya's place. What ensues is a battle of wits in which each of the two characters discovers more about each other than either cares to disclose, and after a 'mating dance' of sorts the two return to their separate corners of the boxing ring - each having a final twist on the other's private life. It is a play within a play and the words make all the difference.

Sienna Miller is becoming one of the more important actresses on the screen and in this role she proves her mettle in a superbly nuanced role. Steve Buscemi may not have been the optimal choice to play Pierre, but he is sharp to watch and is never short of intelligence, both as an actor and as a writer/director. Not an action movie and not a film for those who need strong narrative, but for viewers who enjoy the barbs and wit of a sparring match, this is a well-made example of the genre. Grady Harp, December 07
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is the first of three films, which are American remakes of feature films directed in the Netherlands by the late Theo van Gogh. Actor/Director Buscemi was specifically chosen by the original producer to direct the film. He chose the lead role for himself. I have not seen the "original" and am basing my comments just on viewing the DVD of this US version.

The film is 85 minutes long and, except for 2-3 minutes at the beginning, and even less at the end, there are only two actors on the screen talking and interacting with each other. And nearly all the action takes place in one New York City apartment - though it is a big loft apartment! And yet this is not a quiet conversational film like "My Dinner With Andre". There is definitely a sexual thing going on here but you'll note that the R rating is for "language and strong sexual situations", not nudity. There is no nakedness at all. Yet, like some of the prime scenes in "Body Heat", there is definitely sexual tension in the air. And, not unlike "Body Heat" this is an emotional duel between a man and a woman where what is said is not always the truth.

I was not familiar with lead actress Sienna Miller before this film. (I loved Buscemi in "Ghost World"). Until I watched the two featurettes (the requisite "Making of...." and a brief interview with Director/Star Buscemi), I was not aware that Miller is British. She has an LA accent down pat. And it's perfect.

Note that the locale can be a bit confusing. Miller's character is a TV actress and is hounded by Paparazzi so the film should be set in LA. But the loft set and the mention of being in Washington in a few hours, gives the viewer the impression that it's in lower Manhattan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cage Match January 22, 2008
When it comes to Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller in "Interview", I don't think I've seen a middle aged man and a young woman that had this much chemistry since Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanson in "Lost in Translation". However, if Murray and Johanson's on-screen relationship was warm and nurturing, the relationship between Buscemi's Pierre and Miller's Katya is more like a cage match.

Pierre, a self-important political journalist, is assigned to do an interview with a subject he believes to be beneath him ... Katya, a schlock TV/film actress and tabloid fixture. The two characters clash instantly, but end up continuing the "interview" all night in Katya's opulent New York loft, where the two characters ridicule, antagonize, manipulate, charm, seduce and abuse one another, both for their own career agendas and to satisfy their equally inflated egos. Steve Buscemi (clearly a talented director as well as being a great character actor) and Sienna Miller both give terrific performances playing these two complex, layered and often repugnant characters. I found the whole thing fascinating.

Toward the end of the film Pierre tells Katya "What do we both have in common? Neither of us believes in relationships. There's no equality ... there's always a winner and a loser." Watch the film to see which is which.
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This film should be rented or watched on television before you decide whether to purchase a copy of it.

Both Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller (especially Miller) are among the finest contemporary actors - so it is almost always a pleasure to watch their work. However, this film consists primarily of over an hour of improbable and sophomoric dialogue between Pierre (Buscemi), a failed, morally-flawed (yet self-righteous) journalist and Katya (Miller), a self-absorbed, manipulative actress who, alternatively, pities and preys upon the unlucky Pierre. Through a series of interchanges between the characters, we learn (over and over) that they peddle fiction to their respective audiences and, at times, to themselves - but this is easy to pick up during the first ten minutes of the film. The rest of the film seems intent on exploring how many ways this basic message can be delivered and redelivered.

The majority of the interchanges between Pierre and Katya take place in Katya's bohemian apartment, so the film - especially with its minimalist camera work and limited space - often creates the feeling of an intimate stage play. This would be fine if the writing allowed the characters to expand beyond those limited confines and become interesting. However, both Miller and Buscemi (who also directed)are repeatedly forced to try to "emotionally charge" the alternatively petty and "heavy" dialogue that is aimed at showing, as Warhol would have put it, that each character is, in his or her own way, "deeply superficial": Imagine two actors forced to take a really good five-minute Tennessee Williams scene and stretch it out for over an hour. Mid-way through the film (or sooner), you will probably stop caring.

The silver lining in this otherwise forgettable film is the incredible range of Miller and Buscemi's mastery of quirky character. For me, this aspect of the film made it worth viewing - but only once.
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Published 2 months ago by J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by tony delewski
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the film for two reasons
Reason one, the actors. Steve B is always great at whatever role he plays. In this flm, that's the same. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Haywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved Steve buscemi from the first time I saw him onscreen. There are so many other great reviews for this film that I won't go into another one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bev Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
boring too bad Ive seen the lead actress is great roles she's an exellent actress. the plot to this movie was odd. skip it
Published 12 months ago by Ellen Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars A remake that keeps the flavor of the original
This is a tale within a tale, limited locations and sparse sets, really the tale of two actors, one a reporter who acts out to establish himself, the other an actor that he is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by H. W. Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong opening, excellent cast but gets sunk in the end by implausible...
"Interview" starts out very strong with some very sharp dialogue and witty exchanges. The set up reminds me some of a movie called "Conversations with Other Women" starring Helena... Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by maskirovka
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth dropping in to visit
After watching it I found out it was a remake. I would have rather wasted my time on the original with subtitles than a revisit which was boring. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Ray Sola
4.0 out of 5 stars taut dialogue, sharp, sexy
Well you need to be in the right mood for this film.
Not much happens - physically - but the dialogue is very taut, funny, touching, frustrating and sexy. Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Art M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell hath no fury...
... like a woman scorned

I knew of Steve Buscemi prior to watching Interview but I doubt I've heard of Sienna Miller before and that's too bad because, unless she's... Read more
Published on February 21, 2010 by A. Dent
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