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Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, France, 2012


Unfolding over a single cataclysmic day, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager rides his tricked-out limo to get a haircut. Over the course of his journey, intimate encounters, grid-locked traffic and the death of a rap star contribute to his reality melting away.

Our take

A disaffected, self-destructing young capitalist (Robert Pattinson) travels across Manhattan in Cosmopolis, the first attempt to bring to the screen the dystopian (and ultra-modern) visions of Underworld novelist Don DeLillo. Leave it to writer-director David Cronenberg to show us how it’s done.

Cosmopolis Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | Nominee: Best Director

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

2013 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film

2013 | 4 nominations including: Best Film - Canadian

It now looks in retrospect like a bold and brilliant career move for the actor. It was the first in a series of challenging, serious films that Pattinson would appear in, and showed that he had genuine ambitions, as well as a deft ability to pick great directors to work with.
December 04, 2018
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Cronenberg presents talk (great reams of the stuff) as a kind of mutual infection between emotionally incomplete monsters, trying and failing to shape the world in their image. After spending years making prestige and genre films, Cronenberg returned to the crystal waters of the wired mind-benders from his early years and found he could still swim beautifully.
September 28, 2016
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I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to suggest that in adapting DeLillo’s novel about the spread of finance capital, Cronenberg made a movie that’s equally about the rise of digital filmmaking. Both, after all, are mediums inherently built on dematerialisation—financial methods of wealth production don’t involve the exchange of physical goods, and DV capture is divorced from the physicality of celluloid.
June 24, 2014
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