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With Jim Sabatini


Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller

Rated: R for language including sexual references and some drug use
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: July 13, 2007 Released by: Sony Pictures Classics

Steve Buscemi directs Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) and himself in the darkly offbeat Interview.

The script by the scruffy-looking actor and sometime director has some occasional bite in a stagy, conversational way. He plays high-minded political journalist Pierre Peders retained by his editor to profile the hot showbiz lady Katya (Miller).

It looks like the distracted Katya and the snide Peders aren't going to say much to one another, especially after an incident in a restaurant. Pierre didn't feel it necessary to have checked her bio or screen any of her movies. Not that she has utilized her talents so far, according to him. Katya has been running lines with a girlfriend on her "Sex and the City"-ish show that turns out to have some effect on the outcome of this power-shifting conversational piece.

Nearly all of Interview is set in Katya's spacious loft across the street from where Pierre gets injured after his cabbie can't take his eyes off of her. One gets the feeling that celebrity and reporter will let down the guard as Buscemi interestingly works his lenser to get some interesting angles and close-ups. Appearances may not be what they seem.

Miller comes across as the more realized character that may have a timely feel given the woes of the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Katya's dog-yapping cell phone constantly sounds, allowing Pierre to do more than google her which goes into the cynicism and vulnerability underneath her reputation and latest breast reduction.

Pierre and Katya will share a moment of dance later on, after his curiosity has gotten the better of him. The dialogue is prickly and hits some emotional issues that helps make matter more claustrophobic (thanks to Buscemi's able crew). Yet, even with its frank, offhanded pleasures into self-parody and media manipulation, there isn't too much that is provocative in this odd duet.

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