Tricks Of A Woman
Scott Elrod, Elika Portnoy, Carlos Leon, Natasha Lyonne, and Vincent Pastore star. Dessi (Portnoy) is a shy foreigner with a mundane, everyday job at a local fish market and her life is going nowhere fast. Dessi's fortunes take a dramatic turn when she is
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The story is not particularly earth shattering and follows the typical Pygmalion theme. There are some interesting and entertaining tidbits and a few truly funny scenes. The overall plot is readily anticipated and involves only a few minor twists which are not surprising but nonetheless entertaining.
The film features several newcomers and a few established actors also. The male lead is Scott Elrod and this is his first major role in a film. The female lead is Elika Portnoy. She also wrote the screen play and produced the film. Vincent Pastore and Natasha Lyonne are among the established actors in the film and their contributions carry several of the weaker scenes. Predictably, there is no great character development but fortunately the film assiduously avoids caricature and triteness.
There is no nudity or overt violence to justify the R rating, but some elements of dialog seem to have elicited it. While a few phrases may startle the more puritanical, most middle school hallway conversations would be far more offensive.
Should you decide to watch the film, pay close attention to scenes and dialog which foreshadow future elements of the film. For many this will result is a hearty chuckle if not a good laugh. Filming was done in Boston and for those who know the city the location scenes are very nice.
I found the film surprisingly watchable, entertaining and worth a second viewing. More from Elika Portnoy is welcomed. Her followup film 'Immigration Tango' shows significant development both as an actor and screenwriter.