You know writer/director Neil LaBute as a provocateur prone to poke, prod and instigate with confrontational takes on various social bugaboos. “Lake Terrace” explores interracial marriage, misogyny and sexism are tackled in “In The Company Of Men,” and his numerous plays and movies explore ideas concerning exploitation, power, duplicity and more.
LaBute has been focused on sexuality in the last several years, and he seems to be taking Alice Eve (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) along for the ride. She starred in his 2012 roleplaying fantasy movie “Some Velvet Morning” and co-stars in the writer/director’s latest, “Dirty Weekend.” Yet our review from the recent Tribeca Film Festival says a “gentler, even sweet[er] LaBute emerges” this time.
A movie about desire and where dark secrets meet sexual peccadilloes, “Dirty Weekend” co-stars Matthew Broderick and centers on a business trip layover in New Mexico where two co-workers secrets come to light. Here’s the synopsis from Tribeca.
Colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) are delayed in the Albuquerque airport. Restless, irritated, and unable to stand the service workers he meets at every turn, Les heads downtown. Natalie refuses to leave his side and discovers that his supposedly aimless wandering has more of a point than he is willing to admit. Natalie conceals secrets of her own, though neither can keep them quiet for long. A rapport grows between this unlikely pair, and soon they search out a spark of excitement in this most unlikely of locales.