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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.09.14] Canada drama

Though around these parts David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis was more of an interesting failure than anything of particular note (in case you haven't seen it [don't worry, we don't blame you for missing it], just take a gander at either of our reviews (review 1, review 2) for notes on what you've missed), the director has been behind enough masterpieces that we'll give him the occasional pass so the question is: can Cronenberg bounce back with Maps to the Stars?

The movie brings together a number of Hollywood types (a dysfunctional family complete with crazy child actor, an aspiring actor, a fading actress and her newly minted assistant with a mysterious back story) in what I expect is going to be some revealing look at the industry. Robert Pattinson returns for a second turn with Cronenberg along with newcomers to the director's family: Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Olivia Williams.

The first official trailer reveals only the basics of the story and characters but there are hints here that Cronenberg's sensibilities will rear their heads. There's even a hint at body horror with Wasikowska's disfigurement. It will be interesting to see how crazy Maps to the Stars gets but from the looks of the trailer and these clips there's a good indication that this is going to be a great entry into the later Cronenberg canon.

Maps to the Stars will premiere at Cannes later this month.

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uncleB (8 years ago) Reply

Cosmopolis was crap but i will forgive that one also. Maps looks crazy. Looking forward to seeing this

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