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Boarding Gate (2007)

Cast: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, Carl Ng, more...
Director: Olivier Assayas, Olivier Assayas
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Studio: Magnolia
Genre: Action, Suspense/Thriller, Adventure, Erotica
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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From director Olivier Assayas comes this erotic thriller starring Asia Argento as Sandra, a former prostitute, and Michael Madsen as Miles, her onetime pimp-turned-high-powered businessman. Brought back together after a separation, Sandra and Miles are reunited when Sandra returns to Paris after an extended absence. Despite the fact that neither of the two former lovers are the same people they were back in the day, their kinky sexual relationship is nonetheless rekindled. It seems that some time long ago, financial promises were made before some misdeed drove the pair apart. Meanwhile, Sandra has made it her mission to open a Beijing nightclub, and Miles is about to sell off his business to Singapore interests. Miles couldn't care less about Sandra's dreams of owning a nightclub, but now that his divorce has been finalized he's eager to resume their steamy relationship. Tempted by Miles' money but financially comfortable thanks to her work with an import company run by shady couple Lester (Carl Ng) and Sue Wang (Kelly Lin), Sandra secretly pulls down some extra income by moving drugs through the married couple's highly profitable company. Before long, sexual intrigue and a botched drug deal combine to complicate matters for all involved. Boarding Gate screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

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Enjoyed Every Minute by gfrasur September 11, 2008 - 7:56 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Boarding Gate got poor reviews, but I enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed it in the same way that I enjoyed Assayas earlier Demonlover. Other viewers may not care for the stilted dialogue and patchwork plot, but I see these elements as part of Boarding Gate's purpose. Sandra (Argento) doesn't know what's happening, so of course the plot is somewhat incomprehensible. To me it's the difference between plot and story. The story is about Sandra being used by all these men/corporations. The plot is a series of attempts by Sandra to figure things out. I applaud Assayas's decision to tell the story from Sandra's perspective, even though it disrupts "normal" methods of narrative filmmaking. Of course, in the film what passes as normal is actually highly corrupt.

I wish their were more films like Boarding Gate being made.

Well, the cover art's enticing.... by talltale June 8, 2008 - 8:56 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
For foisting a piece of crap like BOARDING GATE on the international film community I will hereafter and for the next twelve months refer to Olivier Assayas as Jerk. I do this sadly because I am a big fan of "Demonlover," which I think is one of his best. I am beginning to wonder if some of Assayas' early work has not been woefully overrated: seen Irma Vep lately, or Les Destinees? Construction is not this guy's strong suit. Compared to the thrills, shocks and treats of Demonlover, however, his new one fails in every aspect--from the tone-deaf dialog (worse even than Clean: If the guy can't speak English well, then don't try to write screenplays mostly in that language); a plot that appears to have been written, poorly, off the cuff and on the run; and a central performance by Asia Argento that offers attitude and action but little else. From a first-time filmmaker, we would probably not accept this trash. If Jerk thinks he is slumming, well, doesn't that presuppose the possession of a certain degree of talent. You will recognize little of it here. The praise for this film from some circles offers an excellent example of critics writing for each other while leaving their audience in the lurch. (Hmmm? Maybe other critics ARE their only audience?)

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