David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is a wonderfully unusual, genre-bending experience. There are quite a few key characters, but it begins with Mia Wasikowska’s Agatha, a young woman fresh out of the psych ward who heads off to LA for redemption. She scores a job as actress Havana Segrand’s (Julianne Moore) personal assistant, but the more Agatha wedges her way into the Tinseltown environment, the more twisted her journey becomes.
I caught the film at the 2014 New York Film Festival and it was easily one of the best on the line-up. Moore is downright mesmerizing as this insanely determined and unhinged floundering actress, and the film as a whole rocks an especially unique blend of unsettling tragedy and satire. It’s not easy to convey something like that clearly in a two-minute promo, but this latest Maps to the Stars trailer pulls it off well. Hit the jump to give it a watch and be sure to keep an eye out for the full film which hits theaters, On Demand and iTunes on February 27th.
Via Focus Features:
Here’s the official synopsis for Maps to the Stars:
Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.