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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.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raul Ruiz)

Writer:

Duane Poole
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Baldwin ... Brian
Anne Parillaud ... Jessie Markham
Lisanne Falk ... Paula / Laura
Graham Greene ... Detective
Bulle Ogier ... Mrs. Ford
Billy Wilmott Billy Wilmott ... Lamond
O'Neil Peart O'Neil Peart ... Simon
Leonie Forbes ... Isabel
Rick Ravanello ... Man in Restraurant
Marc Akerstream ... Man in Motorboat
Peter Hanlon ... Dr. Cohen / Dr. Tolan
Alwyn Scott Alwyn Scott ... Hotel Manager
Pablo Hoilett Pablo Hoilett ... Waiter / Waiter #2
Fay Ellington Fay Ellington ... Shop Clerk
Ilona Margolis 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dupla See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,859, 6 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,523, 10 January 1999
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Juliette Binoche and Samantha Mathis were both considered for the lead role. See more »

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Haunting enigma; not for all tastes.
14 April 2004 | by gridoonSee 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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