Steeped in the gauzy B-movie giallo all'italiana style of saturated colors, loco camerawork and editing, Asia substitutes sex and misogyny for horror. It has an odd hypnotic Eurotrash appeal and hammers home its point about show biz decadence decades in advance of her revelations about Weinstein. She's a bold and appealing actress but it is a dismal thing to slog through. The Argento family dinners must be a hoot.
Scarlet Diva is an incredibly pretentious film that hits the mark wide. If not for some of the most obvious, and poignant, critiques of Hollywood (the American producer is obviously Weinstein), the film would be a complete failure. For this lo-fi, trashy feel, I much prefer 80s Almodóvar...this film feels trite and the love story with the Australian rock start worse than a Thalía telenovela, just terrible writing.
3.5 A pesar de ser un retrato del horrible entorno que deben enfrentar las mujeres en general y las actrices en particular, llevando al extremo la situación de modo que prácticamente todo mundo quiere acostarse con ella o violarla, Asia Argento logra transmitir el caos de los primeros años de su carrera con un humor peculiar y auténtico en su opera prima como directora, antecediendo a otros excelentes trabajos.
It's remarkable that Argento made such a cathartic and raw autobiographical film at 24, and her bravery is commendable. But her efforts are let down by amateurish acting from its supporting cast and her occasionally shoddy direction. The use of low def digital cameras distract the viewer instead of giving the movie its intended gritty, Ferrara look. Scarlet Diva is an intriguing debut that is incompetently executed.
I went into this film hoping for something to like. I think Asia is a hero for her role in the #metoo movement and I think she is a talented actress. But she is not a good filmmaker, at least not based on this mess of a film. A few interesting ideas, but overall this work is a failure.
An opera of transition, healing, where pain mixes with anger, rebellion, dizziness. Also, a sensual, really sexy, soundtrack and a refreshing direction. Asia Argento here is tremendously sincere, funny, and provocative. She is exposing her being helpless, confused and deluded. It is an intimate, personal, portrait of human beings' tendency to self-destruction and hope for change.