RAGE

UK, 2009 (MIFF 2017, Sally Potter)

Director: Sally Potter

A murder investigation during a New York fashion show causes a host of fashionable characters – Jude Law and Dame Judi Dench heading an outstanding cast – to spill their darkest secrets in Sally Potter’s satirical mystery.

When an accident on the catwalk is deemed a murder, a teenager called Michelangelo takes it upon himself to go backstage and capture the reactions, opinions and confessions of the key players on video. As the models, designers, fashion critics, seamstresses and even a paparazzo come in front of the stark lens of Michelangelo, the world of artifice begins to fall away in the face of truth.

Starring Lily Cole, David Oyelowo, Dame Judi Dench, Riz Ahmed, Eddie Izzard, Dianne Wiest, Steve Buscemi and an extremely fabulous Jude Law, Rage is a new category of film altogether. Prizing the relationship between an actor and the audience – each player only appears on screen alone – it is a naked experience all the more unnerving in our current age of confessional oversharing.

'An intriguing release for a director who has never taken the conventional route … [and] an unusually sensuous essay in cinema povera, Rage is oddly compelling, a genuine one-off.' – Jonathan Romney, The Independent


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