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In the Cut (2003) - Jane Campion

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In the Cut (Unrated and Uncut Director's Edition) (2003) - Jane Campion [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

In the Cut, of course, continues Campion's career-long examination of female masochism. Like the symbolically castrated Ada in The Piano and the emotionally brutalised Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady, not to mention the marginalised women in Campion's Two Friends (1986), Sweetie (1989), An Angel at My Table (1990) and Holy Smoke (1999), Frannie is a woman imperilled by her own desires, despite her avowal in the novel that she is not a masochist. If Ada is the prisoner of an arranged marriage and Isabel of a marriage she chose, Frannie is a single woman who, like a character in a famous New Yorker cartoon, holds her prison bars in front of her while floating freely in space. --http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/2003_11/inthecut.php


Based on Susanna Moore's popular novel, In the Cut centers on Frannie (Meg Ryan), an emotionally stifled English teacher who gets steamy with sultry Malloy (Mark Ruffalo, You Can Count On Me), a cop who's investigating a series of brutal murders--but Frannie soon suspects that Malloy may be the killer. As a psychological thriller, In the Cut is heavier on psychology than thrills; the story is a skeleton that director Jane Campion (The Piano, An Angel at My Table) cloaks in one of the most nightmarish visions of urban life since Taxi Driver or Seven, accompanied by lots of explicit sex. The movie's dark tone will put some viewers off, but Ruffalo's effortless magnetism serves him well; no woman in the audience will question how quickly Ryan falls into bed with him. Also featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh and an uncredited Kevin Bacon. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

In the Cut is a 2003 American/British/Australian crime/erotic thriller film written and directed by Jane Campion. It is based on a Susanna Moore novel.

Based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Moore, In the Cut is a psychological thriller in which Ryan plays a lonely New York City woman, who discovers the darker side of passion after becoming involved with a tough homicide detective, who is investigating a series of murders in her neighborhood. As the plot develops, she begins to think the detective to be the murderer, but she remains curious and passionate. The film has a far less disturbing ending than the novel. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Cut [Dec 2005]

Note: (Unrated and Uncut Director's Edition)

In the Cut (1995) - Susanna Moore

In the Cut (1995) - Susanna Moore
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Keats's poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci (French: "the beautiful lady without pity") is recited by the protagonist of Susanna Moore's In the Cut. I love films and books which heavily refer to literature. Examples include Borges and Erica Jong in Fear of Flying. There is a website dedicated to poetry in the movies.

From Publishers Weekly
Several stunning shocks await Susanna Moore's longtime readers in her fourth novel. First, there is the change of genre and locale. Her previous books have been explorations of coming of age in a dysfunctional family in Hawaii, in an atmosphere permeated by island spirits and traditions.

In the Cut is an edgy, intense, erotic thriller set in bohemian Manhattan. Her protagonist and narrator, Franny, is a divorced NYU professor deliberately closed off from emotional entanglements. She teaches a class for ghetto youth, meanwhile pursuing her obsession with language; she is writing a book recording the street vernacular and the black lingo of New York's seedier neighborhoods. Though on the surface her life seems circumscribed, she is a woman who takes risks, especially sexual risks. One night, she observes a man with a tattoo on his wrist in an act of sexual congress; though she does not see his face, she remembers the red-haired woman who had performed fellatio when she becomes a murder victim. Questioned as a possible witness by homicide detectives, she enjoys the frisson of danger when she takes one of them as a lover, in spite of the fact that his wrist bears the same tattoo as that of the probable killer. The predatory, slightly corrupt Mallory is a coolly skillful lover, forcing Franny to push beyond sexual barriers into areas she has never explored. --Reed Business Information, Inc.

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