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|When Will I Be Loved|
Actors: Neve Campbell, Frederick Weller, Dominic Chianese, Ashley Shelton, James Toback
Director: James Toback
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Neve Campbell, Dominic Chianese and Fred Weller star in this smoldering erotic thriller about a femme fatale exploring the frightening reach of her sexual power - and the red-hot fusion of money, power and desire. Directed... more »
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Michael M. (bugsyboy) from LEAWOOD, KS
Reviewed on 3/24/2010...
This movie has the feel of a movie in the Poison Ivy series, but more innocent in its intent. The opening sequence is surprising in its raw honesty. This movie was shot in just 11 days, so it has a very improv vibe. Good movie if you liked the Poison Ivy series.
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Gary J. (gjones) from TROUTDALE, OR
Reviewed on 2/4/2010...
If you like Neve Campbell, you'll love this movie. And for those fans of USA Network's "In PLain Sight" the male protagonist is played by Fred Weller who plays the character Marshall Mann. A good little movie with a nice twist at the end.
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Neve Campbell does a lot more than shower in this one
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 01/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are watching a naked woman taking a shower and what is communicated is not only sexuality but also power and confidence, then the performance of the actress certainly has to be credited. But writer-director James Toback also knows how to film Neve Campbell in the opening scene of "When Will I Be Loved," giving her character the time and space to make even the most juvenile minded viewers realize that there is much more than a naked body in a really great looking shower area being displayed for their gratification, whether they want to admit as much or not.
Juxtaposed with Campbell's Vera taking a shower are scenes of Fred Weller's Ford on the streets of New York, using his cell phone to hustle some deals. This montage suggests a connection and we discover Ford is Vera's boyfriend. The relationship seems one of fire and ice, for Ford is always in motion, always trying to work and con, and Vera is calm, cool, and collected. It is not until we see them making love that we have any real idea of what she gets out of the relationship, because Vera comes from money and does not need Ford to take care of her. But the idea that Vera is smarter than Ford is key to what happens in this film, as is the idea that she is as much of a con man as he is, just more subtle and decidedly more effective.
Ford's latest target is Count Tomasso Lupo (Dominic Chianese), an Italian millionaire media mogul, but all of the hustler's overtures are rebuffed until the Count sees Vera. The count is a creature of instinct and after seeing Vera a couple of times he makes Ford a counteroffer: $100,000 to sleep with Vera. At this point we are all thinking "Indecent Proposal" and the parallels are so obvious that the characters talk about that film as a reference point. But this time around we are in the realm of film noire and the rich guy is not the predator.
The DVD features "Scene Sexplorations: Vera's Sexcapades," in which the director and actress talk specifically about the four sex scenes in the film: "A Nice Hot Shower," "Girlfriends," "Ford's Big Score," and "A Tryst With a Twist." What is interesting is how they analyze all of the erotica in terms of Campbell's character, while still acknowledging the irony your first scene in a film being show naked taking a shower and, ah, having fun. My initial thought was that these scenes were more erotic than they were sexual, and I am still leaning that way, but Toback and Campbell are correct. Ultimately all four of these scenes are key moments of insight into Vera's character, each a piece of the puzzle that explains why the end game in "When Will I Be Loved" plays out the way that it does.
Do not be distracted by some of what Toback throws in the way. You can make Lori Singer's appearance fit, but you might strip a few gears trying to make sense of Mike Tyson claiming he is not Mike Tyson in this one. "Vera's Sexcapades" really are the best parts of the film because they are at the center of the film. The best scene is the verbal dance that Vera and Tomasso have when they are finally alone together in her apartment. You can make the argument that the Count is also a con-man, but with an elegance that Ford would never appreciate. Vera not only appreciates that level, she can play there, and when she learns what Ford has not told her about the situation she decides to play her own game.
I like the idea that Vera basically changes direction on the fly, but if the ending of "When Will I Be Loved" is not contrived it is certainly extremely convenient. But this film comes down to Vera's character and Campbell's performance (although her nudity probably got more press). Vera remains a woman of mystery at the end, but if we never understand why she wants to be the assistant to Hassan al-Ibrahim ben Rabinowitz, professor of African-American studies, we know why she puts Ford and Tamasso through the wringer, and that is more important to the plot. Hopefully Campbell's performance will help her move beyond the Scream Queen stage, because she has several nice moments in this 2004 film and when I say her best moments are often when she is not talking I am still talking about her performance, no matter what the adolescent boys of America might think."
Intriguing but Inscrutable Psychosexual Drama.
mirasreviews | McLean, VA USA | 01/29/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""When Will I Be Loved?" is a psychosexual snippet written and directed by James Toback. It doesn't seem like a complete story, but a vague character study of a sexually adventurous young woman named Vera (Neve Campbell) who has a way of knowing what she wants and getting it from just about everyone she meets. She allows her lover, Ford (Frederick Weller), a fast-talking hustler always out to make a buck, to introduce her to a wealthy Italian media mogul (Dominic Chianese) who desires her passionately, in exchange for payment in cash.
Vera is interesting, because she knows exactly what she wants and where the source of her power lies. It's not surprising that she succeeds given those conditions. But Vera is so narcissistic that she is thoroughly unlikable. And the character study fails in that her motives are often inscrutable. She seems to know what she wants and perhaps even why she wants it. But we don't. Vera has money. She has power. She may be looking for love, although she has an odd way of going about it. She certainly wants revenge. But that's not the whole story. The film does make the audience wonder about Vera, but we also wonder what the point of it all is. A lot of men want to help Vera discover herself through them. They see her as they want her to be. And she takes advantage. But that's not news. And what advantage she sees in it isn't clear.
Neve Campbell and Frederick Weller contribute good performances. The first third of the film is spent establishing the characters by cross-cutting between them, soundtrack blaring. That's too long and too loud. "When Will I Be Loved?" may be of some interest if you're a fan of psychosexual intrigue. But if I had to describe the film in one word, it would be "inconclusive", both narratively and thematically.
The DVD: Bonus features include an audio commentary by director James Toback, a theatrical trailer, and "Scene Sexplorations", which Neve Campbell and James Toback discuss 4 of the film's most sexual scenes. In the audio commentary, James Toback talks about directorial decisions, story, characters, and filming (which only took 12 days). It's a nice commentary if the movie intrigues you. Subtitles for the film are available in English and Spanish."
Amoral, Narcissistic Beauty
John A Lee III | San Antonio, TX | 06/06/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The show opens and seems to be two separate films. In the first, Neve Campbell seems to be a young woman who is looking for a relationship and job, trying to find her way in New York. She seems to be sexually adventurous but naïve. In the second, we see young hustler scheming to make a variety of cons. He is a shifty character who is easy to dislike. Only the second part is correct.
The woman is exploring her sexuality but she is anything but innocent. The hustler is her boyfriend who not only appreciates her beauty but appreciates that she is independently wealthy. He wants to use her in every sense of the word. He finds himself used instead.
The girl uses her sexuality as a weapon and it is not merely a defensive weapon. She uses it to get want she wants and sometimes what she wants is just to stick it to someone else. It is a potent weapon she wields with skill. The path of destruction she leaves is awesome in its thoroughness and casual attitude towards right and wrong. Some of the victims are deserving. The hustler comes to mind. Others are less so; the Italian billionaire is merely smitten and has too much money but does not deserve his fate. Other victims are just that: victims. The parents who think their daughter is a nice girl come most readily to mind but so does anyone else who mistakenly crosses her path.
This is a good example of artful moviemaking but I did not enjoy it overly much. The camera work is well done as is the acting. The nudity is brief, in context and not explicit. The problem for me is the lack of joy. It is a sad tale.