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2,540 Ratings

Irma Vep

Directed by Olivier Assayas
France, 1996
Drama, Comedy, Avant-Garde


Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung (playing herself) comes to France when a past-his-prime director casts her in a remake of the silent classic Les Vampires. Clad in a rubber catsuit and unable to speak a word of French, Cheung finds herself adrift in the insanity of the film industry…

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Irma Vep Directed by Olivier Assayas
The brilliant behind-the-scenes comedy Irma Vep—for my money, Assayas’s masterpiece—takes the marginalization of art cinema as its subject.
May 10, 2019
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The director’s still-signature work is a sort of egghead cinephile love letter to star Maggie Cheung, and much more. It’s an actively thinking, self-questioning film—and you can feel Assayas realizing a newfound freedom of experimentation, though the alchemy is more playful than forcible.
October 21, 2015
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Maggie Cheung manages to bridge the two worlds with her alternately befuddled and sultrily confident performance, slipping between the tedious post-neorealism of everyday drama and the freed, post-sync sound, black-and-white universe into which Cheung slips when she gets into her avatar’s character.
June 26, 2015
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