A film in which perspective can change perception.
There is a defining moment for Rosamund Pike's character Marla in I Care A Lot that tells you everything you need to know about her tenacity. She sits across from her friend, played by Eiza González, and has to decide whether to accept bribes, move away from what she does best, or stay and fight.
"Do you know how many times I've been threatened by a man? Thousands. Do you know how many have ever gotten something? Two. He threatens because he only has threats. You can't convince a woman to do what she wants you to call her a slut and threaten to kill her. I'm not afraid of him. "
Pike is nominated for a Golden Globe for this role.
Now streamed on Netflix, I Care A Lot by director J Blakeson, who also wrote the script, is an engaging thriller that convincingly sheds light on the health industry's systemic prowess: from a villain's perspective.
Marla pursues her American dream, albeit shady. She hunts down the elderly and convinces judges to appoint their guardians over their own lives and wealth.
Her latest "cherry" is played by the great Dianne Wiest, who happens to be connected to some very scary people. But Marla doesn't give a fuck.
"She's just extremely ambitious," Blakeson said on a phone call to No Film School. "I haven't seen so many films in which there was a female protagonist who is as fearless and ambitious as she is, without being a femme fatale. She doesn't use her sexuality to get what she wants. She uses only their wits and their ambition. "
It's a theme in many popular gangster films like The Godfather and Goodfellas – men who strive for what they want regardless of the cost. With I Care A Lot, Blakeson cleverly spins the idea through a new lens with compelling authenticity – leaving you wondering if the shoe will ever fall on Marla.
Recognition: Seacia Pavao / Netflix
"With her you are waiting to see if she would learn her lesson or meet her match and get scared. But I never wanted that to happen, even if it kills her," Blakeson said. "It's hard not to admire that and not to be shocked at the same time. I found that really interesting when I was writing the script. And like Rosamund plays it by constantly outsmarting people and having fun – it's that joy of being really good at something that attracts you. "
The idea for the film came to Blakeson while reading a new story about the real-life versions of predatory guards.
"It was terrible. You imagine it, someone knocks on your door and says, "You have to come with us." It is terrible that this faceless authority can take you away and there is nothing you can do about it. It got stuck in my brain like a splinter and celebrated for a while. "
But the director didn't want to tell the story from the victim's point of view because "this story is so bleak". If we turn the perspective, we experience the calamities of industrialized care in the same way. The Wolf of Wall Street teaches us about the stock market or how The Big Short unraveled the real estate crisis.
Recognition: Seacia Pavao / Netflix
“One of my favorite films of all time is Dr. Strangelove, who takes in the most terrible, terrifying things in the world and doesn't shed light on them, but rather shows how absurd and ridiculous it is to expose systemic corruption and our complicity in things we accept is fine, "Blakeson said. "This film is about these systems that are used where someone is vulnerable. Instead of a community that supports them, there is an industry that is built to exploit them." I wanted to discuss these ideas, but do it in a way that is fun. "