Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

ANY­ONE who has ever en­dured the agony of an au­di­tion process will pick up the coded sig­nals trans­mit­ted here at full strength. Adapted from the play by David Ives, the fi lm is a claus­tro­pho­bic chron­i­cle of a cast­ing call go­ing grad­u­ally and ir­re­versibly hay­wire. Mathieu Amal­ric ( The Div­ing

Bell and the But­terfl y) plays Thomas, an ego­tis­ti­cal play­wright who can’t fi nd the right ac­tress for the lead role in his lat­est work. At the end of a long af­ter­noon of un­der­whelm­ing try­outs, in walks Vanda ( Em­manuelle Seigner). What fol­lows is an ever- in­ten­si­fy­ing war of words, wills and tal­ents. Thomas swiftly re­alises he has mis­read Vanda’s abil­ity to carry his play. Vanda slowly re­veals she might not be all that in­ter­ested in land­ing the part. The mo­tives be­hind this one- on- one bat­tle for supremacy are cloaked with con­niv­ing glee by di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski ( The Pi­anist).

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