City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts ★★½ 2003 (R)
Dillon makes his directorial debut (as well as starring and cowriting the screenplay) with this overlyambitious effort. Jimmy Creemins (Dillon) works for a shady New York insurance agency. His boss (and Jimmy's mentor), Marvin (Caan), has cleaned out the firm's offshore accounts and the feds think Jimmy was in on the scam. Jimmy discovers Marvin is holed up in Phnom Penh and he heads to Cambodia to join him at the Belleville Hotel, the usual sort of seedy Eurodive, which is run by Frenchman Emile (Depardieu). Soon Jimmy is caught up in further unsavory activities, with various unsavory characters, a damselindistress (McElhone), and more sideline plots. 117m/C VHS, DVD . US Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natascha (Natasha) McElhone, Gerard Depardieu, Sereyvuth Kem, Chalee Sankhavesa, Stellan Skarsgard, Rose Byrne, Christopher Curry, Shawn Andrews; D: Matt Dillon; W: Matt Dillon, Barry Gifford; C: Jim Denault; M: Tyler Bates.