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Factory Girl- Movie Review

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“Poor Little Rich Girl indeed”
_ Factory Girl _
Title: Factory Girl
Today’s Paris Hilton’s are yesterday’s Edie Sedgwick. Thanks to mass communication and the internet far more people know of Hilton today than of Sedgwick in her day. The new film Factory Girl tells the story of this young socialite who had the opportunity for everything but ended up with nothing. Another tragic 60’s tale of destroyed life. Granted the movie takes its own slant on her life and demise, but it does make you wonder at what point a person has to take account for their own well being.
The film chronicles Sedgwick’s (Sienna Miller) life starting with her moving to NY in 1965 and meeting artist/filmmaker Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce). She falls into groove with the arty group that hang out in Warhol’s “Factory” where he does all of his work. Warhol immediately sees her natural beauty and talent and begins using her for his own gain as well as helping her climb the ladder of notoriety. She stars in a handful of Andy’s films including Vinyl and Poor Little Rich Girl which catches the eye of the modeling world and Edie is soon the “it girl” super star. When she falls she falls hard and finds no one is there to catch her.
This film has a superb cast and the performances are as gritty and provocative as the story itself. Hayden Christensen turns in a surprising role as “not Bob Dylan”. Though the singer is never mentioned or credited there is no doubt who the character represents. This is one of the few liberties the film takes as the real Sedgwick, though rumored to be involved with Dylan’s assistant, was never linked to the lyrical prophet the way the movie deems her to be. The roster also includes Jimmy Fallon, Mena Suvari, and Shawn Hatosy. All three great looks for an art flick.
Rated R for pervasive drug use, strong sexual content, nudity and language, Factory Girl shows her life and those around her with no modesty. But I think in a film like this you need that to truly grasp the story. And it is a sad story. Factory Girl is an articulate tale of the adage “What does it profit to gain the whole world but lose your very soul.” Sedgwick was born into a wealthy family of impressive pedigree. The world was her playground. Was it the rampant mental illness of her father and mother that carried her to such demise? Was it the 60’s sub-culture? Was she running from her own demons with no safe harbor? Maybe it was all the above. Poor Little Rich Girl indeed. With 4 out of 5 soup cans, I’m Matt Mungle
The Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com)(02/07/07)
“Matt is a member of the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA) and hosts the weekly syndicated Indie Rock Radio Show Spin 180. Plus with his wife Cindy they do a weekly radio feature, The Mungles on Movies. For additional reviews and interview clips visit the website www.mungleshow.com

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