Young star on the rise
Tilda Cobham- Hervey, Del Herbert- Jane. A BRAVE and worthwhile experiment pays off for this unconventional Australian drama.
The story centres on a teenage girl ( Tilda Cobham- Hervey) facing the daunting prospect of losing a mother and gaining a father in the course of one year.
So it goes when a parent commits to the arduous process of gender reassignment ( or a sex change, in the old parlance).
The title refers to the intriguing shooting style of the picture: filming took place just once a week in 2012, with actors not seeing a script until they hit the set.
While this does make for a certain awkwardness in some scenes, the strong authenticity of the experiences charted here overrides any weaknesses.
First- timer Cobham- Hervey is a revelation in a demanding anchoring role.
A star- making performance if ever there was one.
First- timer Tilda Cobham- Hervey stars in the Aussie drama Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara shine in from writer- director John Turturro, who also takes the leading of Fioravante, a newly unemployed florist whose love of women blossoms into a job most pantsmen can only ever dream about.
Taking bookings and making things more complicated than they really should be is his unofficial pimp, Murray ( Woody Allen).
In spite of its risque premise, Fading Gigolo is more concerned with flutters of the heart than matters in the bedroom, and remains on the right side of accessible throughout.
Turturro and Allen have a great casual conversational chemistry that should silence most doubters.