Maps to the Stars
Release Year: 2014
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Bruce Wagner
Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams, Kiara Glasco, Sarah Gadon, Dawn Greenhalgh, Jonathan Watton, Jennifer Gibson, Gord Rand, Justin Kelly, Niamh Wilson, Clara Pasiaka
Rating: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Actrees – Comedy or Musical (Julianne Moore). Won 2 awards at the Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Soundtrack Award. Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
A twisted tale about a Hollywood family chasing fame whose life is turn upside down when they are revisited by their daughter, who drags out all the skeletons in their closet with disastrous results.
Does David Cronenberg hate Hollywood? One would certainly be excused for thinking so after watching this “hate” letter to the psychological inner workings of Tinseltown. A number of characters, each reprehensible in their own way, are tied together by Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman with a dark past. On one we have hand her family, led by her father, played by John Cusack (High Fidelity, 2000), who works as a therapist providing weird treatments for a mentally disturbed acting clientele, who are terrifed of her potentially weaving her way into their lives again. On the other, is the famous actress, played by Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, 2010), who is a complete emotional wreck attempting to keep her career going landing a part her mother once played with great bravour. Moore’s Havana Segrand is perhaps the most interesting character where Wasikowska’s Agatha plays a more mysterious characters whose becomes increasingly sinister. Robert Pattinson reunites with director David Cronenberg for the first time after Cosmopolis (2012), ironically with yet another character who spends most of his time a car. The story unravels into weirdness as the different characters’ lives unravel. It is dark humour and sharp satire with a weird twist but will mostly appeal to Cronenberg fans.
In an almost 50-year career this was the first time David Cronenberg shot anything in the U.S. The shot for five days in Hollywood and 24 days in Toronto. The rest of his films are all shot in Canada or the UK.
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