14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

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Ellie Christianson
Louise Myrback ...
Lena Anderson
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Ben Christianson
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Karen Christianson
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Inger Christianson
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Lawson Smith
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Mrs. Potter
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Snuffy Holmes
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After the mysterious death of an upper class housewife, her oldest daughter literally takes her place, dressing in her mother's clothes and seducing the father. A quirky detective investigates the crime and finds that there are many suspects, each with something to hide. Written by Larry McGillicuddy <pcsq84f@prodigy.com>

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Evil Never Looked So Good.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Officer: So you do think it was him?
Detective Roland: Him... or somebody else.
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When I am Queen
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Superb little gem of a thriller. Hitchcock would've loved it
19 July 2002 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled on this on cable, expecting very little -- and was I ever surprised! The young female lead was spectacular, and all the main actors did fine, fine work, even the youngest child. This film deserves a much wider audience.

My only explanation for the extremely low ratings is the subject matter. The shadow of incest is off-putting to a lot of people, and I suspect many viewers just cannot enjoy a film where the subject matter makes them very uncomfortable. This is not a wimpy film with the predictable moral messages, but a very gutsy, finely-crafted piece of work that keeps you on the edge straight through.

This is a refreshingly different and exciting film that is miles beyond the usual Hollywood rot, and it manages to convey a steamy, dangerous eroticism without nudity or simulated-sex scenes. It takes a real director and some real actors to pull this off. And they didn't have to resort to car chases or gunfights, either.


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