A film review by Jamie Richardson
Sally Potter’s LOOK AT ME shares an enriching tale full of anger and fury that is always bubbling close to the surface. The performances by Javier Bardem of a talented artist battling his own demons of a past life and recovering addict are expressed very strongly. Chris Rock is the exact opposite, he is articulate and calm; his words are hard hitting and truthful, but at the same time they are not aggravating; in a curious way they are helpful and uplifting. There are brief moments in the film that give away the relationship between Bardem and Rock, that it may not be just an employer and employee, but more personal and intimate.
Written and directed by Sally Potter in a dark noir and satirical style, which reflects her style of always understanding reality. The drumming in the film by Bardem is powerful and reflective, each each beat of the drum aptly displays the turmoil his character is in.
Robbie Ryan’s cinematography is raw and powerful, delicate and expressive; the rich hue of colours blends well with the script. The roof setting shares an impassioned backdrop of the city lights complementing the emotion on the rooftop.
Sally Potter deserves to take home the Oscar for this hard hitting and emotional film!