HThere is something to remind you that, regardless of the current debate, real violence is presumably still quite rare in movies, and therefore the violence in this dark comedy from New York-based independent filmmaker Onur Tukel is, in its own right. way, surprising and quite shocking. It’s a vignette of extended wickedness that reminded me of something of Neil LaBute, all about a fight between two women. The title announces and anticipates both the possibility of our voyeurism. It takes place in an imaginary satirical future, where a new war on terror has been heralded in the United States.
Sandra Oh is Veronica, an obnoxious trophy wife married to a wealthy military contractor. She is dismayed by her teenage son’s ambitions to become an artist. With a shudder, she remembers a contemporary at the college who had similar hopeless plans. Then, at a super fancy cocktail party, she meets that same woman, Ashley (Anne Heche), a struggling artist who has been humiliatingly reduced to helping with the restoration. On the outside staircase, their intense and irresistible mutual dislike, also fueled by a secret self-hatred, escalates into frank bickering. It’s an original movie that tries to hit you in the face with irony. Energy levels eventually plummet, but he lands a few punches.