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Shattered Image (1998)

Traumatised rape victim Jessie (Anne Parillaud) is living a double life as a cool assassin on a mission and as a paranoid bride on her honeymoon.

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Brian
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Jessie Markham
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Paula / Laura
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Lamond
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Shop Clerk
Ilona Margolis ...
Lucy
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In New York, Jessie Markham is raped by a man with mask and now she is recovering from the rape and an attempted suicide. However her mind is confused and she lives two realities. In one life, she is a newly wed with Brian spending honeymoon in Jamaica with the guest Paula snooping around the couple. In the other life, she is a hit woman that executes men and Laura is her client that wants Brian killed. Which life is real? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Where does the dream end and reality begin?


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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4 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$31,859 (USA) (4 December 1998)

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$102,523 (USA) (8 January 1999)
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William Baldwin agreed to Raoul Ruiz directing after reading a newspaper review of Three Lives and Only One Death (1996). See more »

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Haunting enigma; not for all tastes.
14 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is the third Raoul Ruiz film I have watched recently (after "Three Lives and Only One Death" and "Genealogies of a Crime"), and it is easily the best of the three. Why? Because it's less talky and pseudo-philosophical, more colorful and cinematic. Imaginatively directed and sprinkled with all sorts of quirky visual surprises (some of which are directly linked to its title) and surreal ideas (a painting that gets different every time you look at it), it captures the netherworld between dream and reality better than any "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie. And if all the pieces of the puzzle don't fit together at the end (though a second viewing will help you clear up a few details), at least you can feel the director's joy in assembling them anyway. (***)


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