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Issue: Autumn, 2008

Flawless movie review

Flawless Diamonds, Flawed Execution

The king of capers, Michael Caine, isn't letting the passage of time stop him. In Flawless he may have slowed down from his cheeky boys days, but as the janitor about to make his own retirement nest egg he is quick enough to mastermind an elegant robbery.

His partner in this crime, set in the 1960s is an elegant, brilliant woman (Demi Moore) who has hit the glass ceiling in her business and dreams of taking her shattered dreams out in kind.

Flawless begins with a journalist seeking the ground-breaking career women of the mid-twentieth century. The interview reveals a stunning reality -- that tough times make women harder than diamonds if they are to succeed.

Movie poster, Flawless; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Flawless; Festivale film review

He had a scheme. She had a motive.

Despite the interesting concept, or perhaps because of it, the story is, if you'll excuse the expression, fractured. Moore and her scripwriter are somewhat apologetic about the potentionally feminist message. Like many women, Moore has come to feel that being feminist is shameful, and this may be part of her discomfort. Is she ashamed of her character?

Ultimately unsatisfying, this diamond-snatching caper has too many dull edges to be fun; and fun is at the heart of a good caper film.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 28 March 2008
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Title: Flawless(2008)
Written by: Edward Anderson
Directed by: Michael Radford
running time: 108 mins

The Players: Demi Moore, Michael Caine,

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