MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,547 this week

The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  17 September 2004 (Canada)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 107 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 20 titles
created 16 Feb 2013
 
a list of 8263 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 180 titles
created 15 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (TV Movie 2004)

The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (TV Movie 2004) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess.

User Polls

4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gillian Guess
...
Peter Gill
...
Bobby Tomahawk
...
Buxton Fist (as Pat Adrien Dorval)
...
Amanda Guess
Edgar Gail ...
Alan Guess
Natalhia White ...
Teenage Gillian Guess
Allie Mickelson ...
Claire
...
Young Gillian Guess
Lydia Lawson-Baird ...
Sister Vanessa
Fiona Hogan ...
Gillian's Mum
Robert Wisden ...
William, Gillian's Dad
...
The Teacher
Scott Hylands ...
Mr. Mason
...
The Writer
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (Canada)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's second annual showcase of Canadian cinema, Canadian Front: New Films 2005. See more »

Connections

References Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Essence
Written by Lucinda Williams
Performed by Joely Collins, Crystal Pistol
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Arhouse MOW
3 October 2004 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

Canadian director Bruce McDonald hasn't released a film since his 1996 cult classic, Hard Core Logo. He went through a series of jobs directing for television, followed by 2001's effort at a big budget film-noir, Picture Claire. The movie never saw the light of day.

Now, three years later, he makes his return with the Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, a weird comedy/action/drama/animation and at times, yes, a musical. About halfway through the film I underwent strong sensations of deja vu. I realized I had seen this movie before. A decade ago when it was called Natural Born Killers.

No, I shouldn't be too hard on this film. It is one of a kind. However it borrows from NBK's tone and style. It is based (but not really) on Canadian media sensation Gillian Guess. A bodacious, blonde juror who had an affair with the suspect on trial, an Indo-Canadian gangster. In real life, she claimed it was love. In this movie, it's all part of her lusty attraction to young hard bodies. Her nymphomania is impulsive, irresistible, and consistently funny.

Visually, Bruce McDonald is on top of his game. Each shot has been carefully chosen. Each scene filmed in its own unique way in accordance to the tone set in that moment. Flashbacks. Flashforwards. Commercial breaks. Cartoons. It tells a story that was made-for-TV in a made-for-cinematic fashion. However, regardless of its daringly original execution, nothing could save this script.

The movie does not know what it wants to be. At first it relies on flashbacks to develop characters, and then the entire third act becomes one big flashback that tells us nothing about the story. The screenwriter, Angus Fraser (Kissed, 1996) tries to wind in irrelevant moments in a far past. Moments that have little or no merit to the actual story. These flashbacks try to serve as insight into Gillian Guess, her character, her mentality. But it only serves to squash the fun and humor that was this film when it began.

The laughs are lost. The melodrama seeps in. And with just 10 minutes left, seats began to empty out and the man next to me began to snore. It became impossible for this film to climb out of its own grave. Bruce McDonald may have the tenacity to take on such a challenging story, but nothing could resurrect this back to life. Only the writer and, with a little restructuring, the editor.


12 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?