Some Velvet Morning is a new movie that stars Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve. This drama tells the story of Fred (Tucci) who arrives at the doorstep of his beautiful young mistress, Velvet (played by Alice Eve) after being apart for four years. His attempts to rekindle their romance are rejected by Velvet and his persistence grows stronger until it evolves into obsession. This modern romance will bring about a dark history between the former lovers. Check out what else you can expect from Some Velvet Morning below:
“Some Velvet Morning is An Intriguing Film by LaBute
If the mark of a film’s success is to invoke empathy with the characters, then Neil LaBute’s “Some Velvet Morning” is wildly and unorthodoxly successful. The empathy in this case isn’t a mere “oh, how I feel for that person on the screen,” but a visceral connection, a chemical reaction beyond storytelling that, since Neil LaBute’s work has long had a proclivity toward sadism, left me feeling flushed, a little dizzy and even a tad nauseous.
“Some Velvet Morning” is a horror film with no blood, with words the only weapon for 98% of the picture. Alice Eve, shattering any perception of being a mere Kidman 2.0, and Stanley Tucci, strikingly toxic and repulsive, spend 90 minutes on an emotional see-saw, weaving back and forth through a protracted argument in an uncluttered brownstone. It is very much a “filmed play,” a subgenre of cinema that frequently seems difficult to justify.
A good deal of the film’s triumph comes from the total lack of context. All character understanding comes from scrutinizing the dialogue. It takes a good while to understand the dynamic of Eve & Tucci’s relationship, and just when you think you’ve put the puzzle together a new piece of backstory arrives to mess it up.
We open with Eve relaxed and listening to classical music, interrupted by the doorbell. There is Tucci, loaded with baggage (physical, but hell yes on the mental, too) making a surprise visit.
He’s up and left his wife. Is Eve his lover? Not quite. They had a relationship, years ago, and they haven’t kept in touch. They met through his son which, it turns out, Eve was seeing and … to Tucci’s surprise, still is, despite the son being recently married.
Eve’s sparsely furnished brownstone (looks like Brooklyn, but never stated) is a tidy bore of off-whites and beiges, rendering her simple red dress all the more seductive. Alice Eve is, by all conventional standards of beauty, something of a template. Tucci, a financially secure and seemingly professional individual, is reduced to a knot of short circuiting wires in her presence. He professes great love and, while that may be what he thinks it is, her boundless sexuality can change him with a snap into a brutal beast, barking profanities and making vicious accusations.
Eve, while definitively the more sympathetic character, is no saint. She has more than a few opportunities to end the encounter, but is driven, either by some sort of affection or a masochistic need, to prolong Tucci’s stay.”
The rest of the article can be read at Film.com.
Some Velvet Morning is written and directed by Neil LaBute and is scheduled for release on December 13th 2013.
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