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The most fearless film yet by France's idiosyncratic Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep) is an unholy marriage of ruthless corporate thriller and sinister science fiction. Connie Nielsen is the American "ice princess" in a French multination, an ambitious executive whose betrayals and invasive tactics would make her a villain in any other film. Here she's just a pawn in a shadowy conspiracy that may involve contemptuous new assistant Chloe Sevigny and fellow dealmaker Charles Berling and takes her from the legal (if unsavory) commerce of Japanese Internet porn to the brutal market of underground pornography. Assayas directs his modern corporate nightmare with a voyeuristic style, a hard eye for disturbing images, and more passion than explanation. It isn't his most audience-friendly film, but his portrait of international commerce and image culture in the 21st century is impassioned and haunting--cinema for viewers hungry for ambitious and provocative filmmaking. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Connie NielsenDiane de Monx
Charles BerlingHervé Le Millinec
Chloe SevignyElise Lipsky
Gina GershonElaine Si Gibril
Randall HoldenRay

  • Genre: Thriller Movies
  • Director: Olivier Assayas
  • Producer: Lions Gate
  • Length: 129 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
    AustraliaJan 6, 2005
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 16, 2004
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