The quirky 'Interview', a remake of Theo Van Gogh's 2003 film, starts small but builds into a highly charged interchange between two people, keeping you intrigued despite the fact that not that much happens.
Katya (Miller) is typical tabloid fodder, a beautiful actress who chooses cheesy blockbusters and mainstream TV shows over high brow art, ensuring her universal appeal. Pierre Peders (Buscemi) seems to be virtually the only man who isn't in awe of her. Once a political hack, he is now the journalist who picks up the fluffy stories because he be can't be trusted to cover the hard news, without embellishing the reports with far-fetched wanderings of his imagination.
When he is sent to interview Katya it is Pierre's worst nightmare. He affords her no respect, dismisses her acting work, sneers at her private-life and blatantly admits that he would rather be anywhere else in the world that sitting across from her. She, rather than being hostile, is initially intrigued by his mindset and seems to be the sort of person who doesn't take herself, or what anyone says about her, too seriously. But everyone has limits and soon Pierre is pushing Katya to hers, in the hope of a big scoop. But all his years of journalistic experience are no match for devious Katya's life experience.
'Interview' feels voyeuristic yet playful – building a sexual tension between its leads yet breaking into it with humour and tender moments. It manages to remain engaging despite the fact that we are looking at two people in one room for the majority of the movie and most of the credit for that should go to its stars Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi. Miller is great as the erratic, drug-using, falsely-confident actress with the world at her feet. In contrast Buscemi's character has become the "nobody" that he is accused of being, with a failed career, pathetic social life and a shadow of cynicism following him everywhere he goes.
The pair work really well together, stressing the differences between the worlds each character inhabits and sparking off each other to create a tension that feels very real. And while the movie's twists are never as dramatic as you expect, the character's extreme personalities reel you in more and more as the film progresses. The location of the action also adds to the mood, being a big enough space to allow free movement, yet never quite big enough to escape that niggling feeling of claustrophobia, which develops in such uncomfortable one-on-one situations.
'Interview' is far more engaging that its subject matter would suggest, exploring how people adapt to what life throws at them, as well as the deepest flaws of human nature.