Small-time celebrity photographer Les Galantine has a big mouth and big dreams, but he can’t quite talk himself into the right parties to get that one great exclusive photo. He meets Toby, a homeless kid who is drawn to the bright lights of New York City and “hires” him as his assistant.
Great performances from Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt, but ultimately left me disappointed. What starts out as an interesting look at the lives of the paparazzi degenerates into a pretty basic satire of celebrity culture.
I feel the storyline has some strong milestones, but the links between them are week. The seemingly lousy takes perhaps were meant to be ironic. Subtly about true love, resentment and illusion, the more dramatic ending could do a better job delivering the messages (although I am personally fine with the ever-subtle narrative).