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Dr. Sam Frizzell lives alone with his eighteen year old daughter Ariel Frizzell in the upper middle class Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. Sam has dated little since his wife died when Ariel was a young child, he instead focusing his attentions on his daughter. With the exception of sex, Ariel has almost become a surrogate wife for Sam. Ariel, on the other hand, has taken that role one step further, she who has an Electra complex. Ariel has had behavior issues, in large part due to the circumstances around her mother's death and the way Sam has treated her since. As such, she has no real friends and she is home schooled by a tutor - a young man named Markus who often cannot control his student - as she couldn't function within a school environment. Into their lives comes Mary. As their third date, Sam thinks it would be a good idea for Mary to come to his house to meet Ariel. Mary's already tenuous dating life takes a step backward when Ariel is openly hostile toward Mary over ... Written by
I saw this film on cable and believe me, once was enough. It is at best a character study of a disturbing father-daughter relationship. At worst it leaves a strong impression of incest, and shows the destruction that passive parenting can create. It is very clear from the start that Ariel, the daughter, is angry at the world. When her father, a prominent doctor, invites his new girlfriend home for dinner, Ariel makes every effort to sabotage the evening. She finds faults with this woman which exist only in her demented mind, as she wants her father all to herself. The evening ends with Ariel punching this woman in the face and screaming like the mental patient she is.
In my opinion, Ariel is clearly the villain. When the victim's sister(a topless female boxer)enters the scene, Ariel does what every bully does: rationalize her actions by claiming that the victim brought it on herself. Ariel walks all over her father, treats him like dirt, but he is to blame because he let it happen. The female boxer makes an effort to understand why Ariel is the way she is, but to no avail.
The intervention of the boxer was like a form of therapy. Ariel needed to be put in her place, and her father sure wasn't able to do it. I cheered the climactic ending as Ariel got a taste of her own medicine, because I could not muster up any sympathy for this rotten bitch.
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