Congress, The (2014): Hollywood Satire from Ari (Waltz with Bashir) Folman

Robin Wright plays an actress named Robin Wright, whose career is in decline and who’s offered a lot money and immortality by selling her scanned likeness to a slimy studio boss (Danny Huston) to use as he sees fit.

Israeli director Ari Folman, who made such a strong impression with the brilliant animation “Waltz with Bashir,” seems to be influenced here by Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation”) in shaping up a self-reflexive meta-narrative that has more on its mind than is evident on screen.

The film is not particularly inventive or effective in is satire of the New Hollywood in the Digital Era

Robin Wright is far more interesting in her TV series, House of Cards, than she is here, and it’s curious why Folman has chosen a talented, still developing actress who is actually reinventing herself and her career in her post-Sean Penn era.