While trying to snap a shot of pop star K'harma (Alison Lohman) outside a restaurant - on the eve of her romantic break up - unscrupulous third rate, lonely paparazzo Les Galantine (Steve Buscemi) meets cute, homeless and naive Toby Grace (Michael Pitt). Toby attaches himself to Les, who finally lets him bunk in a cupboard in his dingy flat. In return, Toby becomes his unpaid assistant. At a glitzy music awards party, Toby gets entangled in K'Harma's entourage, much to Les' irritation, and shares a platonic Jacuzzi bath with her at her hotel. K'harma invites Toby to her birthday party, and to make up for leaving him at the function, Toby takes along Les. But Les only wants to get the shots he could never otherwise get, jeopardizing Toby's budding relationship with K'harma. And with Les.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This satirical comedy is a connoisseur's delight, with Steve Buscemi in top form as the runt of a paparazzo who tries to exploit a homeless young man who gets lucky. A clever script sidesteps the predictable as it ducks and weaves through a set of relationships that tumble and reform. Michael Pitt matches Buscemi for screen presence in his own, different way, Alison Lohman continues to dazzle as an actress of great range and Gina Gershon sizzles as the high flying agents. There is also a lively cameo from Elvis Costello as himself - getting annoyed with the paparazzo Les.
If the performances are terrific, so is the premise, a nicely dark take on fame and friendship, not always in synch. But the targets are not just the obvious ones with their labels held up, like 'paparazzo' or 'pop star' or 'opportunist'; the targets are human weaknesses with which we are all familiar. Also in the mix is a reference to the loneliness of the two men who meet by chance. The absence of parental love for both is the common ground which unites their emotional needs, and their way of dealing with that differentiates them.
A story of friendship, sincerity and chance, Delirious is packed with fun on the edgy side of life.
Published April 25, 2008
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DELIRIOUS: DVD (MA)
CAST: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Joe D'Onofrio, Billy Griffith, Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon, Elvis Costello
PRODUCER: Robert Salerno
DIRECTOR: Tom DiCillo
SCRIPT: Tom DiCillo
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank G. De Marco
EDITOR: Paul Zucker
MUSIC: Anton Sanko
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Teresa Mastropierro
RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 1, 2007
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive
DVD RELEASE: March 2008
RIVERSIDE SNEAK PEEK PREMIERES
A program of premiere screenings of new movies prior to their commercial release
on 4 consecutive Tuesdays - March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015 - at Riverside Theatre,
Curated & presented by Andrew L. Urban, discussion to
follow with special guests. Briefing notes provided.