Erotic, fucked-up and bleak: just the way i like it. plus a sane relationship with the female body, desire, lust, envy and sexuality. That revenge bj is one for the books. jen jason leigh is an adorable insidious psycho. and fonda is endearingly broken and suave.
Awesome psychological thriller.
"He came in my mouth then tried to beat the shit out of me because I wanted to tell you. It was an accident, but he deserved it."
Stylish and beautifully shot. Sometimes too story led and not enough character instinct for me, but still totally awesome.
Minor but fun Schroeder; SWF however still holds today in some interesting ways (cinematography, NYC: swf vibe/energy/wardrobe) while at the same time feeling incredibly dated (plot twists, male cast) in others. Definitely a movie a lot of my friends were talking about when we were too young to talk about it. A time capsule and a precursor of the creepiness of Craigslist, and the ubiquitousness of Apple computers.
The journey matters more than the destination when Jennifer Jason Leigh takes on Bridget Fonda. A cat fight with more blood and bite than lipstick and high heals. This movie made me sweat and forget where I was. The intensity between these two "bad neighbours" are unbearable. SWF is a very good example of when a thriller works at its best is when its claustrophobic yet without seatbelt. Barbet Schroeder at his best!
Some gorgeous, strange imagery (the tickled pink apartment, the lurid blue lighting, and of course, the haircut) and a characteristically crackerjack Jennifer Jason Leigh performance notwithstanding, this is a pretty limp thriller that overstays its welcome by at least fifteen minutes. Still, enjoyable enough trash.
Interesting that there's a moral slant in conclusion, a warning or lesson given out that treatment of the self (therapy) can prevent trauma, whereas the prevailing current paradigm is it's everybody else's fault. A psychoanalytic time capsule.