Bettina's Take: ‘Thin Ice’ Cinema Society Screening
"This movie makes me want to go back to Miami," whispered Florida native Sarah Arison at the Cinema Society screening of Thin Ice. The weather—snow, ice, cold—was relentless in this clever tale of a sleazy, small-time insurance salesman who tries to con an old man out of the money for a violin his late sister left him.
"There's a point where you can get so cold making a film that it induces laughter," Greg Kinnear, in Calvin Klein, told FashionEtc. "Beyond what the coldest is you can ever imagine, where you're just saying 'shit it's cold,' there's another layer and it drops way down and it comes bubbling up and it becomes laughter. As Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin and I were filming on a frozen lake, at some point that became the funniest moment. Doesn't sound so now, but at the time, hysterical."
Kinnear's character, the insurance salesman, is trying to get back together with his estranged wife, played by Lea Thompson, who had a hard time shopping for the evening.
"This dress is H&M. I bought it today because I didn't have anything to wear. I swear to God I looked for three hours to find something to wear underneath this Tahari coat," said Thompson with a laugh. "I have a hard time getting dressed because sometimes I'm in character. Right now I'm on this show called Switched At Birth. My character has this ordered life that she thought was perfect, but then she finds out she raised somebody else's kid. In that show I wear put-together, Kansas City upper crust girl clothes, but in reality I'm more artsy and cool, so I get confused when I shop."
Guests ordered Grey Goose cocktails to warm up at the after party at the Soho Grand. Rob and Marisol Thomas, Paul Haggis, Olivia Palermo, Russell Simmons, Kathy Najimy, Jennifer Esposito, Judd Hirsch, and Andrew Jarecki dined on tenderloin and risotto, and Super Bowl recaps and stories were overheard everywhere.
Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman, who lives in New York, was texting the whole time during the game with her LA based co-star, Larry David.
"We talk all the time," said Essman of her cast mates. "When people see Jeff [Garlin] and I out to dinner, having a great time, they're in a state of shock because they think we hate each other. But we're not really married!"
The general consensus was that Thin Ice was thoroughly enjoyable. The movie has a surprising ending, an unpredictable twist that will have you shaking your head in disbelief. Since I don't believe in "spoilers," you'll have to see it for yourself.
Photos: Greg Kinnear, Lea Thompson and Billy Crudup (top center); Olivia Palermo (bottom right)