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.
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Astonishing. My first Jane Campion film and it's a stunner. Meg Ryan gives her best performance. Mark Ruffalo is sleazily and sordid as the detective. A great character study that covers misogyny, sex, social expectation, trust, and obsession than a conventional thriller; foregoing the traditional tropes and suspense of the genre to find the fullest expression of its themes. Supremely underrated a major achievement
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.
So underrated - the thriller part always takes me for a ride and the sexuality is amazingly shot - dark, dangerous, true-to-life... And of course, great performances all around, Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo nailed it!
As a Jane Campion fan I was weary of this maligned entry in her canon but I had no reason to do so. Only she could take the basic template of an erotic thriller and transform it into a brilliantly unnerving study on the violence of repressed desires as seen through the prism of impressionistic abstraction and moments of sheer kitsch indulgence. Beebe has never shot a more beautiful film. Great soundscape as well.
Can beautiful words survive in the city, or only those used to denote sex or violence? A beautiful shot sure can. Campion's soft-focus love scenes and continuous cutaways to anonymous running women convey the films premise as well as the plot; the conflict between passion and paranoia, between sex and safety, in the female experience.