WELCOME TO NEW YORK directed by Abel Ferrara, written by Ferrara and Christ Zois, with Gérard Depardieu, Marie Moute, Pamela Afesi and Jacqueline Bisset. A Remstar Films release. 124 minutes. Some subtitles. Opens Friday (September 5). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
Provocateur filmmaker Abel Ferrara reimagines Dominique Strauss-Kahn's 2011 encounter with the New York City justice system as the unpleasant consequence of the French banker's unrestrained debauchery.
Gérard Depardieu plays Devereaux, a man of profoundly deranged appetites who's so coked-up, drunk and horny that he thinks nothing of forcing himself on a housekeeper in his Manhattan hotel.
Ferrara divides the story into three parts - the bender, the prison system and Devereaux's weeks under house arrest in the company of his furious wife (Jacqueline Bisset). If the result plays like an HBO take on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, it's also a master class in acting from a ferocious, fearsome Depardieu, who finds the ugly, unrepentant soul of his opportunistic character and brings it out into the light.