Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Germany/USA, 1996. Mindy Affrime, Degeto Film, Kinowelt Filmproduktion, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Trans Atlantic Entertainment. Screenplay by Julie Hebert, Susan Streitfeld, based on the book Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary by Louise J. Kaplan. Cinematography by Teresa Medina. Produced by Mindy Affrime. Music by Debbie Wiseman. Production Design by Missy Stewart. Costume Design by Angela Billows. Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton, Leo Trombetta.
Interesting examination of the many images and roles women in modern-day society take upon and/or create for themselves; Susan Streitfeld’s plotline doesn’t measure up to the message, but it does have its moments. Tilda Swinton plays an ambitious judge-to-be who has to battle with pre-conceived notions that people have of women in powerful roles before she can achieve her dream of getting the job she wants. She romances one of the office girls, she struts her stuff in the classiest clothing store, and does her very best to put up with her confused and kleptomaniacal sister (Amy Madigan). Other peripheral storylines take up the confused story, which succeeds more as social commentary than as an actual narrative film, but Swinton’s perfect brilliance ought to keep you nailed in your seat.