Irma Vep
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Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Irma Vep tells the story of has-been French filmmaker René Vidal (Jean-Pierre Léaud). In an attempt to reinvigorate his career, Vidal decides to remake Les Vampires, the classic silent serial featuring the adventures of jewel thief Irma Vep. Playing herself, actress Maggie Cheung is cast as the lead, joining Vidal on a chaotic set where he gets little respect from the rest of the cast and crew. Speaking no French, Cheung finds herself fending off the advances of lesbian costumer Zoé (Nathalie Richard), sticking up for Vidal, and becoming so immersed in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Irma Vep's director, Olivier Assayas, evinces a love of the process that's nearly as palpable as Truffaut's."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Minor but witty."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Light, playful, and self-reflexive, Assayas' film is a mi or work but it's enjoyable and boasts a graceful performance from Maggie Cheung."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Amusing satire on French cinema and the insanity that is filmmaking."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Like many French products, it's quirky but not all it's cracked up to be."
‑ Oz, Hollywood Bitchslap
"Slender but appealing."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The post-modern compulsions on display here may bring movies together, but they also keep people apart."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"We just love to make movies about movies to deconstruct them, to see what's behind them."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the few movies about making movies that captures the kinetic madness of the process. Maggie Cheung, playing herself, floats like a bemused Buddha through the maelstrom, offering a welcome sense of grace and normalcy."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"A delightfully nonchalant movie, complete with some nice satirical barbs aimed at contemporary French film culture, and fine performances throughout."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Scripted in ten days and shot in less than a month, the film unravels like a delirious piece of automatic writing, though in this case the sinister implications apply to a very different world -- our own."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A wonderful tribute to filmmaking that could only be made in France, it has delightful performances and a low-budget style -- like the film it parodies -- which work beautifully."
‑ , Film4
"Cheung, slinking around the corridors of her hotel in her sheath of shiny black latex to the dissonant chords of Sonic Youth, is an instant icon of everything cool."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Love of film is the magical point of the film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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