Film #108: IRMA VEP
2 out of 5 stars
The chaos of a film set sets the stage for this “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit” flick starring the jaw-droppingly beautiful Maggie Cheung (HERO, THE HEROIC TRIO, SUPERCOP). Directed by Olivier Assayas (BOARDING GATE), the film is a narrative mess with plot points that go nowhere, actors who are given no clearly defined character arc, and an ending that is forehead-slappingly annoying. Pity, too… as I’d heard a lot of good things about this film. But like, say David Lynch’s entire filmography, the director chooses to confuse and befuddle rather than harvest genuine moments of interest (much less a salvageable storyline). But yeah, the one thing I will say is that one simply cannot take their eyes off of Cheung and one wonders why she hasn’t done more English language pictures. More Fartsy than Artsy, IRMA VEP arrives cold and works hard to develop an emotional distance between itself and its intended audience. Rentable mostly as “check that one off the list” fodder and for people who confuse being baffled with being entertained.