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.
Rating:
R (for strong sexuality, language and drug content)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Asia Argento
as Anna Battista
Jean Shepard
as Kirk Vaines
Vera Gemma
as Veronica
Fabio Camilli
as Pierre
Joe Coleman
as Mr. Paar
Francesca d'Aloja
as margherita
Daria Nicolodi
as Anna's Mother
Daria Nicoldi
as Anna's Mother
Schooly-D
as Hash Man
Leo Gullotta
as Dr. Vessi
Paolo Bonacelli
as Swiss Journalist
David Brandon
as Director
Robert Sommer
as Cesare, the Actor
Gloria Pirrocco
as Anna as a Child
Leonardo Servadio
as Alioscia as a Child
Giovanna Papa
as Fast Food Woman
Taiyo Yamanouchi
as Japanese Man
Angelica Di Majo
as Piercing Girl
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Critic Reviews for Scarlet Diva

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

September 19, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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

August 16, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

August 9, 2002
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Scarlet Diva

I went into this one hoping for an edgy, sexy grimy film, and I got very little of any of those things, as the arty approach to the storytelling is pretty obvious, and there are some truly atrocious line-readings in here, delivery that made me wince here and there as some of the people just sound as if they're reading a menu instead of emoting. I really wanted to like this more than I did, which makes me feel bad for the blind buy. Oh well, I guess this might be a decent rental if you have low expectations.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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