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WALK ALL OVER ME: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Alberta (Leelee Sobieski) flees a bad situation in her small Canadian home town for the big city - Vancouver. She looks up to the only person she knows - her former baby sitter Celene (Tricia Helfer), who makes her living as a dominatrix. Strapped for cash, Alberta naively decides to borrow Celene's identity, enticed by the $300 an hour takings. But when she gets caught up with some bad guys and bad money, things spin out of control for her.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Neatly described by one critic as an energetic comic thriller, Walk All Over Me has enough creative merit to have earned a slot at the Toronto Film Festival. Leelee Sobieski is in good form as the nave small town girl who gets herself into hot water playing the dominatrix that her baby sitter has become. She doesn't even get through her first client when the dark side of the underworld ambushes her. 'Stupid girl,' she admonishes herself as she flees the scene. But that's just the beginning.

As a thriller, the film has a simple but strong storyline: bad guys want their money. It has a couple of little twists, but basically it's a platform for character-driven action with a comedic tone. Tricia Helfer is wonderfully stoic as the dominatrix - until Alberta stumbles into her life and brings chaos with her. Helfer's statuesque looks add a sexy element and the exocitism of her work is an ever present undercurrent as men who wish to be dominated play a role in the chase. Notably one client, who discovers that nudity can be a weapon against the emotionally challenged chief baddie, Rene (Lothaire Bluteau). It's marvellous to see Bluteau in such an unexpected role. I remember him best as the tortured Jesuit missionary in Bruce Beresford's Black Robe (1991). He has matured well and makes the most of this role as a troubled nightclub owner with demons and bad security employees.

A driving score and a variety of Vancouver locations add to the film's sense of outrageous fun, while Robert Cuffley's direction grounds the film well enough to involve and engage us.

Published: April 10, 2008



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WALK ALL OVER ME: DVD (MA)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Leelee Sobieski, Tricia Helfer, Lothaire Bluteau, Jacob Tierney, Michael Eklund, Michael Adamthwaite, Ross McMillan, Sarah Constible

PRODUCER: Carolyn McMaster

DIRECTOR: Robert Cuffley

SCRIPT: Robert Cuffley, Jason Long

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Narayr Kasper

EDITOR: Ken Filewych

MUSIC: Mike Shields

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Taavo Soodor

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes; Safety World; extended scenes & outtakes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Anchor Bay

DVD RELEASE: April 9, 2008







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