The film has a natural, edgy energy to it that draws us into Roger and Nick's all-night odyssey of self-discovery. Scott and Eisenberg are so good in the roles that it's hard to remember that Scott has never played such a nasty piece of work before, and that Eisenberg is a newcomer to cinema. Both give convincing, powerful, knock-out performances; and they're brilliantly supported by the cheeky Rossellini and constantly surprising work from Berkley and Beals as women Roger and Nick pick up in a singles bar. As a director, Kidd's prowls through the scenes with handheld camera, catching telling glimpses and subtle visual counterpoints to his sparkling script. This is essentially a talkathon with just two main characters, and yet we are drawn in by both the cruel surfaces and the underlying softness. It's rare to see such intelligent, witty filmmaking. And rarer still to find a film that draws out such a strong response from the audience.
dir-scr Dylan Kidd|
with Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rossellini, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Berkley, Mina Badie, Ben Shenkman, Chris Stack, Courtney Sherman, Libby Larson, Morena Baccarin, Lisa Emery
release US 25.Oct.02; UK 15.Aug.03
Learn from the master. Nick is just a bit dubious about the advice his Uncle Roger is giving him (Scott and Eisenberg)...
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