DAVID CRONENBERG :: MAPS TO THE STARS

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Based on a novel by Bruce Wagner, author of Scenes from Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Wild Palms, the new film by David Cronenberg, Maps to the stars, his nineteenth feature film, reveals the most fun and brutal satire on the excesses, neuroses and the outsized egos of Hollywood stars. Agatha, played by Mia Wasikowska, a creepy girl with a face disfigured by burns and arms covered by long gloves, arrives in Los Angeles after many years of absence to make amends in a sterile and ineffective world that judges only by appearances. Her first move is to rent a limousine of an aspiring actor and screenwriter, Robert Pattinson, the protagonist of Cosmopolis is sitting in the driver’s seat this time, and begins a tour of the city following a map which shows the homes of the stars of Hollywood. A staggering Julianne Moore honored for her role at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, an actress on Sunset Boulevard, is trying desperately, and often at the expense of others’ pain, to get a part in the remake of a film starring her mother, who died dramatically many years before. A young star, Evan Bird, a spoiled drug addict, is the “bad boy” sensational teen star of Bad Babysitter and the tabloids. His father, John Cusack, guru to the stars, is a TV psychologist who’s “Personal Power of Now” offers a watered down New Age analysis for the masses, while his wife deals painstakingly with the success of the little monster.
The approach to Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire by David Lynch is inevitable, but in Maps to the stars the Canadian director goes even more in depth and has fun dissecting a world that is also his own. It is a vitriolic portrait on the decay of Hollywood that follows the affairs of those who are already famous, those who are not famous, and those who want to become famous. A sick microcosm where stars are true archetypes of contemporary, delusional, schizophrenic and paranoid society, obsessed by a frantic search for success and the worship of self and for this they are condemned to a slow, inexorable self-destruction.
Croneneberg takes no prisoners and creates in the already highly disturbed mind of his characters a sort of Freudian mess with a lot of terrible ghosts of the past that haunt pools and luxury villas. A surreal chaos that affects the narrative effort to exhibit the many issues dear to the director, the dysfunctions of succeeding, of family, of remorse, but that once again focuses on the body as a place of ceaseless metamorphosis.

Monica Straniero
03.06.2014

Production: Prospero Pictures
Distribution: Adler Entertainment
web: www.mapstothestar.film.com

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