Frannie (Meg Ryan) is a New York writing professor entwined in an erotic affair with a police detective (Mark Ruffalo) who’s investigating the murder of a young woman in Frannie’s neighborhood. But soon Frannie begins to suspect her lover’s involvement in the crime. Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star in this highly charged film directed by Jane Campion (The Piano) and based on Susanna Moore’s best-selling novel.
Rising to prominence in the 1990s, New Zealand director Jane Campion is known as one of the contemporary cinema’s most distinctive personalities. Her feature films, though varied in quality, have been united by their compelling depictions of the lives of women who are in some way outside of society’s mainstream. Campion’s films explore what makes these women different, and the repercussions of their refusal, or inability, to conform. Thanks to this subject matter, Campion has often been labeled a feminist director, a label that, while not inaccurate, fails to fully capture the dilemmas of her characters and the depth of her work. Born in Waikenae, New Zealand, on April 30, 1954, Campion was the product of a theatrical family. Her mother, Edith Campion is an actress and writer, while her father, Richard, is a theater and opera director. Educated at Wellington’s Victoria University, where she earned a B.A. in structural arts, Campion went on to study fine arts at London’s Chelsea School… read more
Erotic cat-and-mouse thriller through the gaze of the postmodern, artful handheld, marrying two sides of the New York setting: the pretty, trendy exterior against the grimy gutter underneath; Campion’s visuals contemporaneously, delicately transplanted. By contrast, hardly the most delicate screenplay - paperback, but for its here treatment - yet for the same built-up, lurid frame, the heightened urban atmosphere - in the vein of Vanilla Sky, Eyes Wide Shut - remains weirdly, irresistibly lush.
The film's shifty, soft-focus style of camerawork and editing is actually very interesting and effective in immediately establishing an atmosphere of dread. Unfortunately, the plot is pretty typical B-grade formula material. Great style and solid performances, but the story doesn't seem to live up to the filmmaker's pretensions.
Fantastic movie, has such powerful cinematography that captivate the screen. Ruffalo and Ryan likewise are super. I must watch more Jane Campion films.