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Cutting Moments (1997)

 -  Short | Drama | Horror  -  8 November 1997 (USA)
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In the center of a monotonous suburban existence, Sarah lives silently and in subservience to her icy husband Patrick. They have been together far too long, and Patrick's affections for his... See full summary »

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In the center of a monotonous suburban existence, Sarah lives silently and in subservience to her icy husband Patrick. They have been together far too long, and Patrick's affections for his wife have all but vanished. Instead, his sexual urges are tempting him to lust after their own son. Realizing how far gone her husband is, Sarah undertakes drastic, shockingly sickening measures to salvage some sense of her life and purge her years of festering resentment. Written by Johnny Camden

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The title of this short "Cutting Moments" was also used for a feature compilation of this short and four others, Crack Dog, Don't Nag Me, The Principles of Karma (1996) and Bowl of Oatmeal (1996). See more »

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After Sarah wipes some blood on the mirror, the smear changes appearance later. See more »

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3 August 2006 | by (Essex) – See all my reviews

Cutting Moments looks at how a suburban family is falling apart. Wife Sarah and husband Patrick have drifted apart and Patrick has been found guilty of abusing and raping young boys. We can see that he has absolutely no interest in or love for his wife Sarah, and that this family has completely fallen apart. Their young boy, Joey, seems to feel completely guilty and ashamed of what his father has become, but it is Patrick's wife Sarah who is emotionally outraged that she has let her husband become this monstrous paedophile by her unappealing, unsatisfactory sex life she provided him with. We see that Sarah completely blames herself for what Patrick has become and this makes us deeply sympathise for her. She goes through extreme lengths to try and make Patrick and the family happy; she tries to make conversation and tries to make everybody feel happy. She does everything a loving wife and mother should do, yet Patrick completely ignores her and doesn't appreciate this. In a last attempt to arouse her husband, Sarah dresses up in a beautiful red dress with matching lipstick. However, her attempt was unsuccessful as her husband doesn't notice her at all. Upset and outraged at herself, Sarah goes back to the bathroom and begins to rub the lipstick off of her lips. She rubs harder and harder, but she still can't get the shameful stuff off of her lips. It is still there in her mind. In a desperate attempt to clean herself, she picks up the nearby scouring pad and vigorously rubs and rubs at her lips as they start to scratch and bleed, frantically trying to remove this empty gesture. Then, in a final act, Sarah snips off her lips with a pair of scissors because she is so ashamed of herself. Afterwards she returns back to the lounge, where her husband finally recognises his wife's devotion to him; he finally recognises just how deeply she feels for him to do something like this. The then mutilate each others bodies in the bedroom, in a sadistic love scene. Cutting Moments uses shocking violence and gore to portray just how hellish family life can become and how painful a broken family can become. It uses cringe-worthy techniques to emphasise just how painful rejection and ignorance can make a person feel.


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