Scarlet Diva (2000)

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Shot on digital video, this no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento presents the bleak decent of a popular actress into a haze of drugs and overindulgence. Anna Battista (Argento) has seemingly everything anyone could ever want, yet sometimes everything is never enough. Fed up with going through the motions as an actor, Battista aspires to seek a career as a director so that she may truly explore her currently latent artistic talent. The queen of excess, Battista's attempts to realize her true talent are time and again shattered as the she is used and abused by everyone she comes into contact with. After a one-night fling with an emotionally distant and uncaring Australian rock star (Jean Sheperd) leaves the self-confessed whore a lovelorn mother-to-be, Battista's desperation to bring her story to the screen finds her dealing with a shady American producer (Joe Coleman), an agent reluctant to assist her in branching out, and a heroin-addicted former filmmaker who is as close to ending his life as Battista is to beginning hers. Her career in disarray and her uncertain future growing increasingly grim, Battista embarks on a numbing binge of sex and drugs that takes her from Europe to America and back again. Attempting to seek-out the father of her unborn child and find some sense of stability, Battista finds the truth about her one-time lover.

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Critic Reviews for Scarlet Diva

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

A really bravura piece of filmmaking and a brave central performance.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a demented kitsch mess (although the smeary digital video does match the muddled narrative), but it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year.

Sep 19, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is such a dazzlingly self-assured directorial debut that it's hard to know what to praise first.

Sep 19, 2002

The film, while not exactly assured in its execution, is notable for its sheer audacity and openness.

Aug 16, 2002

Scarlet Diva has a voyeuristic tug, but all in all it's a lot less sensational than it wants to be.

Aug 16, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This is an egotistical endeavor from the daughter of horror director Dario Argento (a producer here), but her raw performance and utter fearlessness make it strangely magnetic.

Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Scarlet Diva

Fascinating, disturbing, confused. Shows the ugly side of fame - the alienation, betrayal and effects of drug abuse. This film is certainly not glamourous or particularly titilating as might be expected.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Really strange semi-autobiographical darkly dramatic in what sexy Asia Argento stars, directs and writes this weird film. But Asia looks bloody hot in her naked and sex scenes. Whoo!

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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½

Asia Argento makes my teeth sweat but this one wasn't doing too much for me.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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