Sex, love, and prostitution
Center of the World
Review by Ross Anthony

Video-look leaves a cold placid presentation. Acting is fine to very good, actress mesmerizing, but story seems sacrificed for moments of sex that just don't have much intensity, fire, or passion. Linear, despite timeline flashback-esque disruptions.

During our particular screening a few audience members got up and walked out - might have been the explicit sex - or they might just have been bored.

The motivations and set up are very interesting, would have liked more character backstory.

  • Center of the World. Copyright © 2001. Rated NC-17.
  • Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Carla Gugino, Balthazar Getty.
  • Directed by Wayne Wang.
  • Written by Wayne Wang, Miranda July, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt.
  • Produced by Peter Newman, Wayne Wang at Artisan.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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