Even fans of Mike Figgis' digital experiments will be hard-pressed to find anything of interest in "Love Live Long," the uneven helmer's unattractive, semi-docu style glimpse at a rich creep's one-night stand with a suicidal woman. Looking like something a film student might put together, the pic can't muster any pointed commentary on gender power struggles, instead churning the paranoid waters of male fantasy already covered in "Fatal Attraction." "Love" is strictly for that rare Figgis completist.
Even fans of Mike Figgis’ digital experiments will be hard-pressed to find anything of interest in “Love Live Long,” the uneven helmer’s unattractive, semi-docu style glimpse at a rich creep’s one-night stand with a suicidal woman. Looking like something a film student might put together, the pic can’t muster any pointed commentary on gender power struggles, instead churning the paranoid waters of male fantasy already covered in “Fatal Attraction.” “Love” is strictly for that rare Figgis completist.
In Istanbul, the Gumball Rally racers are throwing a party. Darren (Daniel Lapaine), out to score some babes, hands an invitation to Rachel (Sophie Winkleman, a blank), not noticing her wrist bandage. Earlier, Rachel had been preparing a suicide diary, but now she’s decided to throw herself into a nihilistic affair. Pointless filler sequences lead to a humiliating scene of a near-naked Rachel, legs spread, waiting for Darren to finish half-hearted phone sex with his wife back in London. Figgis limply, and briefly, uses a three-screen split, as in “Timecode,” but otherwise, the pic plays more like an unfunny episode of “The Office.” Title comes from the Sandie Shaw tune “Long live love.”
Love Live Long
A Gumball 3000 Films, Red Mullet production. (International sales: Swipe Films, London.) Produced by Mike Figgis, Patrick Fischer. Executive producers, Maximillion Cooper, Julie Brangstrup. Coproducer, Stephen Malit. Directed, written by Mike Figgis.
Camera (color/B&W, DV-to-35mm, DigiBeta projection), Mike Figgis; editors, Mike Figgis, Arlen Figgis; music, Mike Figgis, Arlen Figgis. Reviewed at Taormina Film Festival (Beyond the Mediterranean), June 19, 2008. (Also in Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 76 MIN.
With: Sophie Winkleman, Daniel Lapaine.
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