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An overheard conversation leads a woman into a dark world of deadly intrigue in this political thriller. Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an African émigré who works as an interpreter at the United Nations. One of the languages she understands is Ku, a dialect spoken in her home country of Matobo. One day, as the General Assembly auditorium is being evacuated for a routine security sweep, Broome overhears a man speaking in Ku, who makes a cryptic statement that could be interpreted as a threat against the life of Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), Matobo's controversial ruler. Secret Service agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) is brought in to investigate Broome's story, and it isn't long before he's convinced that she knows more than she's willing to tell. As Keller and his partner, Dot Woods (Catherine Keener), dig deeper into Broome's story as well as her past, they discover a shocking tale of violence and corruption tied to Zuwanie's regime. The Interpreter was directed by Sydney Pollack, who also appears in a brief supporting role. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Director Sidney Pollack's diverse career sees him returning to familiar ground with THE INTERPRETER. Crafted from the same mould that saw Pollack produce the superlative political thriller THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975), Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn star in a film riddled with subterfuge, recriminations, and deadly secrets. Kidman plays Silvia Broome, an interpreter who works at the UN in New York City. One night, while collecting a bag she has left behind in the building, Silvia overhears a whispered conversation in which an assassination attempt on a redoubtable African leader, named Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), is planned during his future visit to the UN. Secret service agent Tobin Keller (Penn) is assigned to provide security for Zuwanie on the forthcoming trip, and conducts an investigation when Silvia explains what she has heard. He quickly discovers that Silvia has a lengthy, troubled past as a citizen from the same country as Zuwanie, and immediately doubts her story. A series of frantic, fast-paced set pieces ensue, with Pollack beautifully capturing the architectural wonder of the UN, and staging some breathtaking scenes all over the city. Much has been made of THE INTERPRETER'S status as the first film to be shot inside the UN, and it's to Pollack's credit that he wasn't overawed by such a prospect. Making full use of the building, the director highlights the hustle and bustle of a typical day at the UN, while also shooting eerily silent late night scenes among the famous halls and corridors. As Pollack piles on the tension, Penn and Kidman deliver exemplary performances alongside a prodigious supporting cast, who do justice to an intelligently written plot designed to keep viewers guessing right up until the final moments of the film.
Attempted assassination -- Drama.
Translators -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [Universal City, Calif.] :Universal Home Video,2005
Kidman, Nicole, 1967-
Penn, Sean, 1960-
Christensen, Jesper, 1948-
Howard, James Newton.
Universal Studios Home Video (Firm)
Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen.
Cinematographer, Darius Khondji ; editor, William Steinkamp ; music, James Newton Howard ; costume designer, Sarah Edwards ; production designer, Jon Hutman.
Rated PG-13; violence, some sexual content, brief strong language.
Includes English, French, and Spanish language tracks, with optional French or Spanish subtitles.
Title from container.
DVD release of the 2004 motion picture.
Special features: Alternate ending; deleted scenes; Sydney Pollack at work: from concept to cutting room; interpreting pan & scan vs. widescreen; the ultimate movie set: the United Nations; a day in the life of real interpreters.
DVD; Dolby digital; Region 1.
1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.