Saturday, April 07, 2007

Factory Girl - Film

This film tells the story of Edie Sedgewick (Sienna Miller), an American It-Girl who develops a friendship with artist Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce). She has had a troubled upbringing with a stint in a mental institution after catching her father having sex with one of the neighbours when she was a young girl. It also emerges that her father sexually abused her and her mother turned away from any knowledge. Her brother Minty killed himself when her father found out he was gay and he was probably Edie's best friend.

She quickly gets caught up in a world of drugs and decadence without recieving any money for the films she does with Andy. He comes across as someone very cold who uses people until they run dry and then discards them for the next one. Another side of him occassionally shows through that shows he has problems developing close relationships with other people where he lets down his very guarded inner workings. When Edie does fall in love with an unnamed musician (played by Hayden Christensen), she is forced to chose between him and her friendship with Andy, and she makes what she considers to be the worst decision of her life.

A very sad film with some great acting by both Miller and Pearce, based on real people and situations. I only know Sienna from her relationship with Jude Law so it was great to see her acting talent and forget the tabloids. The ending was the sad one you were expecting, perhaps not the best film to see if you are feeling low.

**** out of 5