Some of you may recall, several months ago, seeing images of Jude Law in drag, which he was doing for a British film called Rage, from director Sally Potter. I hadn’t actually heard anything about the film since then, until Cindy alerted me last night that it was now available online. Rage, which also stars Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard, among some other familiar faces, is a black satire about the fashion industry. It concerns a student filmmaker recording interviews at a New York fashion house, when he stumbles into a murder investigation. The film’s point, apparently, is that the fashion industry kills people. There are only three reviews of Rage on Rottentomatoes — one positive, and two negative. This blurb from Variety sounds about right:
The title of Brit helmer Sally Potter’s latest, “Rage,” partly refers to some of its characters’ seething emotions, and partly reps an ironic truncation of the fashion-world phrase “all the rage.” Rage, or at least indignant annoyance, may also be what some auds will feel after having paid to see this lame black comedy-cum-indictment of the fashion industry. Although the name cast almost makes the pic bearable, “Rage’s” absurd story about murder on the catwalk, told through straight-to-camera monologues, reps a tiresome 94 minutes. Novelty of seeing Jude Law in drag and Judi Dench smoking a joint may ensure limited theatrical outings.
Rage is being released for free online at this site — for reasons I don’t quite understand, it’s also being released in installments. I guess they think it’s compelling enough to draw us back for days two through five. It’s not. I watched the first 18 minutes, and besides Jude Law in drag, it’s hardly really worth your time, although the Jude Law interviews (he’s a Russian transvestite) definitely is worth a peak.
Here’s the trailer: