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Amy Jo Johnson,
On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged. Lane undertakes the assignment and becomes attracted to the novelist's 15 year old daughter, leading to stormy emotions.Written by
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Beautiful and disturbing neo-noir with fantastic performances
Cristina and Lane are on a car trip through New Zealand, driving to meet a famous author with whom Cristina has scheduled an interview. Their interactions suggest that they have not seen each other in a long time and that there is some emotional disconnection. They get in a horrible car accident. Cristina is severely injured, but Lane (Marcia Gay Harden) is only mentally shaken by the accident. She stumbles away from the scene, and the next time we see her is at the home of the author. She assumes Cristina's identity and quickly forms an intimate bond with the author's daughter, Angela. Soon, she finds that Cristina survived the accident and is in the hospital. She comes clean about her identity and succeeds in seducing the author, and decides to stay awhile. But Angela is a bit jealous that she has lost her new friend (and crush?) to her father, and starts going to visit Cristina as she recovers in the hospital and a warped little triangle forms.
This New Zealand film is a fantastic piece of neo-noir! It is gorgeously filmed to the point where it is impossible to take your eyes off the screen. Marcia Gay Harden is an extremely stylish and sexy femme fatale and gives a brilliant understated performance. Lane is one of the most compelling and perplexing antiheroes I've seen. Also noteworthy are Caitlin Bossley as Angela, the author's coming-of-age daughter, and Donogh Rees as Cristina, the recovering accident victim. These women all give award-worthy performances. The first twenty minutes or so after the accident are very confusing and make little sense (even after the end of the movie!) and the characters' motives are very confusing. But if you stick with the movie you will find the story captivating and very emotionally intense. It is really the story of a bizarre triangle formed between three women. First, we see it through the jumbled-yet-together perspective of Lane, then through the bitter and jealous perspective of Angela, and finally through the innocent but spiteful eyes of the wheelchair-bound Cristina.
The newly released DVD features a perfect transfer and contains a commentary by Maclean and Harden, as well as the horror short "Kitchen Sink." Recommended to fans of "Mulholland Dr." and "All Over Me." My Rating: 8/10.
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