Scarlet Diva (26-May-2000)|
Director: Asia Argento
Writer: Asia Argento
Review by Mizi Causevic (posted on 13-Feb-2005)
This is going to be a tough one. In one hand, I really really wanted to love this film and tell everyone to go see it, but I also disliked it for various reasons. After sitting down and really thinking about it, I've realized that I enjoyed it for it's creative nature, and mainly because it resembles the work of one of my favorite Directors/Writers, Mr. David Lynch. I don't want to compare this flick to Mullholland Drive and Lost Highway too much, but if I have to, for the sake of people who don't know jack about it... it's right up that alley. If you feel like kicking back and watching a really fucked up movie, this is your puppy. Don't expect this to be one of those coming of age stories or anything like that, it's nothing remotely close to that. If you are looking for a nightmarish type of flick with a really beautiful actress, oops, directress-- watch this and have your head start spinning like you wouldn't believe.
It is said that this movie is semi-autobiographical. So are we really suppose to believe that Asia (Anna) went through all of this? Maybe, one this is sure though. Asia Argento has a daughter with a rock n roll star from Italy, and in this movie she falls in love with a rock n roll star who gets her pregnant. Eh eh.. I am not complaining, I'm simply stating it the way it is.
I think that it's cool that she took a spin off her own life and turned it into this fucked up story of a drugged up, lonely Italian beauty. I do have to give her props for directing, she seems to have learned majority of the techniques from her daddy, Dario Argento, a horror director/producer of flicks such as Trauma, Dawn Of The Dead, Demons and Creepers.
It's also worthy to mention that Dario Argento was the producer of this film as well. Props to him for being able to look at his little girl act up a fucking storm.
As far as the character development goes.. the only *real* character you give two shits about is Anna, as far as the other ones go.. you could care less if they got struck by the lightning. Supporting characters were not fully developed, then again this movie focuses on Anna, so she is is the only would we should really follow right? Maybe, but personally I believe that each character should be developed to the point where you start caring for them. As far as the main character is concerned.. you couldn't help but feel really, really bad for her. I'm sure this can be argued, some will say 'fuck her, she got what she deserved' and some will want to hold her in their arms. It's up to you as a viewer to decide.
All in all, this movie is about a young actress trying to make it big. This is all fine and dandy until the drugs and sex start playing a huge role in that process. I don't recommend this flick to people who cannot comprehend a fucked up movie, watch this only if you are a fan of David Lynch and his films.
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