Maps to the Stars(2014)
David Cronenberg directs Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and a menacing John Cusack in this multi-narrative dark comedy/satire on Hollywood and its toxic effect. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014.... More
The Weiss family is the archetypal Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford (Cusack) a psychotherapist who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina (Williams) looks after the career of their son Benjie (Evan Bird, TV’s The Killing), a child star and a douche. One of Sanford’s clients, Havana (Moore), is an ageing actress pining for a comeback and whose dead mother - also an actress - haunts her.
Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was nine and his sister, Agatha (Wasikowska), has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.Hide
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BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
This isn’t the first outlandish film from David Cronenberg, who made Crash (the sex-in-a-car one), A History of Violence and Existenz. But it could be the first to broach a few taboos, namely incest and mental health, all wrapped up in a wildly original, intensely weird yet cohesive plot. Starring Julianne Moore in an unforgettable turn as a self-serving star, and Mia Wasikowska as her schizophrenic personal assistant, Cronenberg explores Hollywood’s most damaged goods, somehow finding a very dark sense of humour along the way.