A severely miscast Juliette Lewis, as a Quebecoise adrift on the mean, criminal streets of, uh, Toronto, toplines “Picture Claire,” an embarrassingly inept attempt at a noirish caper drama by Canadian rock ‘n’ roll road movie maverick Bruce McDonald. Theatrical possibilities outside English-speaking Canada look minimal; in Quebec, pic looks likely to be laughed off the screen.
After narrowly escaping being torched in her east Montreal apartment, tough-naive biker chick Claire (Lewis) heads down to Toronto to find her one-time lover, Billy (Kelly Harms), and accidentally becomes involved in a diamonds-deal-gone-bad involving sleazy Eddie (Mickey Rourke, in an extravagant cameo) and lippy Lily (Gina Gershon), his murderous associate. Contrived, utterly unbelievable plot is further capsized by rendering Claire almost mute — she speaks ‘ardly a word of Engleesh — and having everybody else pretend they’re in a really hip U.S. movie. Decked out with pointless use of multiscreen, pic essentially ends at the 70-minute point but pads out the running time for a further 20. Tech credits are fine.