I recently watched “The Informers” and I really liked it. The film is based on Bret Easton Ellis’s collection of tales of the same name and the writer also co-wrote the script. In Italy the book was titled “Water from the Sun”, like one of the tales. Strangely, they didn’t change the title of the film, which is something that it often happens in my country.
“The Informers” is set in Los Angeles in 1983 and it’s about the shallow lives of a group of people who, in a way or another, hang out with each other. Its ensemble cast includes Winona Ryder, Kim Basinger, Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Foster, Mickey Rourke, Chris Isaak and Brad Renfro, who made his last performance in the film.
As a lover of the fashion and the music of the ’80s, I liked the film also for its costumes and soundtrack. Obviously, when a film is set in the past, clothes, makeup and hair are not completely coherent because a film should match the current taste of the audience so what we see in “The Informers” is not the real look of the ’80s but a revised version. The hair is less puffed up and the shoulder pads are smaller, just to make a couple of examples.
Most of the protagonists are wealthy or lead a comfortable life so the clothes are fine and the houses are beautiful. Christie, the character played by Amber Heard, has an amazing apartment, quite minimalist and very chic.
So if you like the style of the ’80s, films set in Los Angeles with a beautiful soundtrack (have you noticed that films set in L.A. always have a great score?) and you don’t dislike stories where the protagonists basically have no morals (because except for one of the characters no one has), you might like “The Informers”, where everybody seem to be happily unsatisfied.
At the beginning of the film, during a party, Amber Heard wears a beautiful sequined off the shoulder minidress and Jon Foster a leather jacket with rolled up sleeves. It’s enough to make me like the wardrobe of “The Informers”!
Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, I did my best but the result is not good, I know.
The preview photo is from IMDb
This post is part of the series Fashion is a Film.