I Have Just Watched “Welcome to New York!”
And, I liked it a lot! Directed by Abel Ferrara and motivated by the Dominique Strauss Kahn affair, “Welcome to New York” is simply worth watching. I enjoy watching movies that are based on true stories and this was one of them. The content of sex in the movie was high and unwanted, and I personally believe that a few scenes would have been enough to show the sexually hunger that the hero had but overall, it was okay.
The story is based on an incident that happened during a visit to New York City, wherein Strauss Kahn was charged with sexual assault of a hotel maid. However, the court proved all assaults to be wrong and doubted the credibility of the maid. Although the movie is not exactly in the same context but it is similar to the real life story of Strauss Kahn. The main casts of the movie are:
- Gerard Depardieu as Devereaux who is closely playing the character of the potential French presidential candidate Strauss Kahn.
- Jacqueline Bisset as Simone who is acting as the wife of Devereaux.
- Marie Moute as Sophie Devereaux and she is acting as Devereaux’s daughter.
- Amy Ferguson as Renee
- Drena De Niro as an executive assistant
This political thriller has given the best performances of Gerard. The movie begins with an essential half an hour sex scene wherein Devereaux and his friends delve themselves into booze, drugs, and all. Then, the hero assaults the maid as he is unable to control his sexual urges. Unlike the real life story of Strauss Kahn, in the movie Devereaux’s wife Simone works really hard to make her husband the President of the country. However, after the assault of the maid, Devereaux is charged for a case of rape and Simone is extremely distressed because of her husband’s behavior.
All this lands Devereaux in jail; Simone tries to secure him bail but in vain. So, the dream of a man for saving the world is not completed as he is unable to save himself. Abel Ferrara’s movies have always been provoking but we must admit that they are always fascinating too. He has portrayed unsympathetic characters in the movie really well. At times, it looks like the movie is falling apart all together as a few threads get a little misplaced but then Gerard has been in almost every scene of the movie and is holding the film together with sheer magnitude.
I admit that this movie is a little rough around the edges with the unwanted sex scenes in the beginning, but I still enjoyed their acting. Gerard, Bisset, and Marie have acted excellently and their hard-work can be seen in the movie. Gerard’s electric performance needs to be seen to be believed. The controversy with what it began long before its release was just a gimmick to block production. The uncompromising performance of both the masters is worth watching. I would recommend this movie as it’s a onetime watch and would give it a score of 7/10.