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Charlie Cross
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Corvin
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Edgar Bosco
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Helen Cross
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Clare Cross
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George Saddle
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Steven Gore
David Cardy ...
Julian Rathbone
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The safe, secure, boring life of Charlie Cross, a wealthy, successful solicitor is irretrievably shattered when he embarks on an illicit, passionate affair with the beautiful, mysterious Viola whom he meets one evening whilst investigating the background of his latest criminal client, Edgar Bosco. Charlie is immediately smitten by Viola and falls completely under her spell. Gradually, Charlie becomes more and more obsessed with Viola and does anything to be with her, much to the detriment of his career, reputation, family and marriage. Edgar Bosco learns of the affair and takes revenge upon Charlie by destroying what he loves in equal measure for that which Charlie has destroyed that Edgar loves with very drastic consequences for all members of the Cross family. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Viola: My father? He's such a fucked up man, Charlie. You know how he became headmaster? In his time it was, get a big suit, join the party, go to all the party meetings. I was a bad girl in school. I fell in love with this teacher from England. I was only thirteen then. I saw him looking and asked if he wanted to fuck me - and he blushed. He's very nice, Jeffrey. Gentle. I used to hope my father would catch us.
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Lots of steamy sex, not a lot of substance
19 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a big fan of Irish actor Ciaran Hinds, I got my hands on a copy of this BBC film. And was rather disappointed. What is supposed to be dark and mysterious turns out depressing, predictable and rather trashy.

Hinds plays the role of London solicitor Charlie Cross. He's used to being dragged out of his comfortable bed at all hours to bail out clients. He has a wife and teenage daughter. They live a comfortable life. No surprises. Everything, as he says, a man could want.

Everything changes when he's called upon to defend Edward Bosco, a rather diffident peculiar man accused of murdering prostitutes under the guise of being a photographer. He answers questions like, "Are you guilty?" with an enigmatic "Aren't we all?"

Cross is sent by Bosco to tell his girlfriend Viola, a waitress, what's happened. The usually unflappable cross is blown away by the mysterious Viola (played by Amanda Ooms) and gets lost in her dark eyes and pouty lips. Before long, the two are involved in a torrid affair despite that fact Charlie is representing Bosco and living a lie at home.

Well, mystery flies out the window when the crap hits the fan. Reality eventually intrudes and Charlie's not-so-carefully kept secrets start spilling out. The result is infinitely boring and you can see it coming about a mile away. The film seems more an excuse to see Hinds and Ooms cavorting in the sack than to build any suspense or tension.

I never pass up a chance to see Hinds act but this one is not worth seeing unless you're truly a fan.


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