Maps to the Stars
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Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore stars with Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson in this unforgettable, darkly comic thriller from acclaimed director David Cronenberg. Hollywood actress Havana Segrand (Moore) is unraveling as her career flounders. Her therapist (Cusack) and his wife are busy managing the career of their child-star son. But when a mysterious young woman named Agatha (Wasikowska) befriends a limo driver (Pattinson) and ties all their lives together, nothing will ever be the same as they try to survive a world of money, fame, envy and relentless hauntings.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.55 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 33732446
- Director : David Cronenberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 52 minutes
- Release date : April 14, 2015
- Actors : Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Martin Katz, Said Ben Said, Michel Merkt
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00T5DYSNS
- Writers : Bruce Wagner
- Number of discs : 1
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The film is mostly a study of a bonkers family mired in the Hollywood machine - a self help guru father, a brooding stern mother, a child prodigy son, a possibly insane daughter and all the secrets they carry. Add to this a limo driver, a washed up actress, her long dead mother and stir the pot with sex and violence and you're left with this scathing satire.
The all star cast give it their absolute all with Julianne Moore, Wia Wasikowska and Evan Bird being the standouts in committed and memorable roles. It's certainly a different sort of film, anyone familiar with David Cronenbergs work will probably be expecting that (although it's more accessible than his last - Cosmopolis) but is certainly interesting and never dull. Overall, cautiously recommended.
Set in a land of celebrities and ex-celebrities sprinked with a layer of wannabes and social climbers the film follows an actress who's traditionally been "between films" and is desperate for a defining role, The twists and turns are few, at least in the sense of dramatic direction, but the mercurial flakiness of the people involved makes even simple situations more complicated and there is a sense of these celebrity people making their lives far harder than they need to be because of the deceit, lack of transparency and sheer mercenary drive.
Nobody comes away from this drama unscathed. There are few redeeming points about the main protagonists and most of the people they meet, and the sheer "lack of decorum" (snooty phrase, but covers the point quite well) can get my skin creeping at times, as well as getting me to cringe at others. No, I really didn't want to see or hear Julianne Moore on the lavatory, but I can't unsee it now. There was a voice inside me saying, "no, no, please don't go there... ohh, too late, we're there!"
I won't spoil things by saying even broadly what happens, suffice to say that tragedy, dilemmas and opportunity are all ruthlessly exploited as you'd expect in such a "grounded, honest, and down to earth society" as showbiz California.