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In the Cut (2003)

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New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective, who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

Director:

Jane Campion

Writers:

Jane Campion (screenplay), Susanna Moore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Pauline
Meg Ryan ... Frannie Avery
Michael Nuccio Michael Nuccio ... Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega Allison Nega ... Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries Dominick Aries ... Attentive Husband
Susan Gardner Susan Gardner ... Perfect Wife
Sharrieff Pugh ... Cornelius Webb
Nick Damici ... Detective Ritchie Rodriguez
Heather Litteer ... Angela Sands
Daniel T. Booth Daniel T. Booth ... Luther Wilker Red Turtle Bartender
Yaani King Mondschein ... Frannie's Student (as Yaani King)
Frank Harts ... Frannie's Student
Sebastian Sozzi ... Frannie's Student
Zach Wegner ... Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)
Mark Ruffalo ... Detective Giovanni A. Malloy
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Storyline

Frannie Avery is a New York City inner city high school English teacher, whose passion is collecting words and phrases that interest her, either because of their meaning and/or just because of the way they sound. The way that she and her paternal half sister Pauline Avery, her closest confidante, deal with men and sex has largely been affected by their father, who is working on marrying wife number five. Frannie thinks about sex more than she has it. Her lack of a sex life is further exacerbated by being the object of obsession of James Graham, a man with who she had a few casual dates and two sexual encounters, which has made her even more cautious. This complete experience is why she has a somewhat inappropriate, albeit non-sexual relationship with Cornelius Webb, one of her students. She eventually embarks on a sexual relationship with NYPD Homicide Detective Giovanni Malloy, who, along with his partner Detective Ritchie Rodriguez, are investigating the murder of a young woman, ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France] | Sony Pictures

Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En carne viva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,625, 26 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,750,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,726,793
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Black and White (fantasy sequences) (Sepiatone)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Costume Department bought the entire wardrobe from the production remains of The Job (2001), a recently cancelled television show, for four hundred dollars. See more »

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After Frannie and Malloy's first intimate encounter, Malloy is dressing as Frannie realizes she has lost one of the charms from her bracelet. Malloy is buttoning his shirt and working on putting on his tie. When he turns to help Frannie look in the bed, his shirt and tie are on perfectly. Yet the next shot has him again adjusting the shirt & tie with the collar up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pauline: What does "broccoli" mean"?
Frannie: Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Pauline: And "Virginia"?
Frannie: Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
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Beautiful film.
4 November 2003 | by victor7754See all my reviews

Campion always impresses. Do not go into this film seeking a tightly woven suspense thriller. This film deals more of what happens when a woman is continuously victimized by the idea of true love and the world it places her in. Meg Ryan? I gave her the benefit of the doubt. It paid off. She is marvelous. Her character is enigmatic and sexy. The fact that they washed away her Hollywood image delighted me. Her sexual demands are tastefully perverted. Mark Ruffalo? His primitive macho cop demeanor plays well for Ryan's repressed desire to have sexual fulfillment. Why does sex effect so many of us? Why not just tell us all about it as children. We're not stupid. Just tell us the truth.

Ryan's character has lost connection to the world. Her wisdom and insight comes from banner poems on public transport. Ryan displays an inner coolness that I find attractive. She does not respond to silly questions and reacts slightly to incredible events such as being hit by a car. She is in her own world of thought lost in an idealistic vision of happiness and love but lives her reality in perverted surroundings and grime. The people in her life all seem to be disconnected.

There is a serial killer on the loose and Ryan's interaction with him is hauntingly chilling while at the same time beautifully shot. There is a mystery as to whom he might be. The riddle was of minor concern. I was more fascinated watching Ryan's character. The film is filled with fabulous shots. Highly stylized. Several closeups of Meg Ryan's world. The film drags a bit and lingers into the unknown at times just as the protagonist Ryan.

It has moments of beauty that is rarely seen on the screen in this day and age. I give this film a 10.

Victor Nunnally BFA Dramatic History and Theory BFA Film Theory and Production


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