Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2000. Screen Gems, Red Mullet Productions. Story by Mike Figgis. Cinematography by Patrick Alexander Stewart. Produced by Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart. Music by Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli. Production Design by Charlotte Malmlof. Costume Design by Donna Casey-Aira.
Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) sends out four video cameras on a Los Angeles afternoon to film various actors improvising to a pre-arranged story, interacting at various times and switching over story lines at some points. Great idea, but why is it so boring? The characters mostly mumble and shuffle around for two hours, and none of the plotlines are of any dramatic weight, something pretty shameful for a cast that includes Holly Hunter, Julian Sands, Salma Hayek and (my personal favourite) Jeanne Tripplehorn. The film displays all four cameras simultaneously, each taking up a quarter of the screen with the sound switching back and forth to direct your attention (the DVD edition allows you to choose the sound points yourself).