Fourteen-year-old Maria is a fundamentalist Catholic, living her life in a modern fashion, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to be a saint and go to heaven. No one, not even a nice boy she meets, can stop her in this goal.
Lea van Acken,
A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean's private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters.Written by
Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873. See more »
When the tea kettle reaches boiling, we see steam escaping not only from the lid but also from the completely uncapped spout. And yet there is a whistling noise. Steam doesn't just whistle. It has to travel through a pressure release valve to make a sound. This kettle clearly did not have one. See more »
Talent excuses cruelty. Don't you know that?
Not talent. Genius maybe. You're talented, Thomas. The world is full of talented assholes.
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An oddly engaging film that explores provocative themes with a welcome adult sensibility.
In spite of it's convoluted plot, there is much to admire about this picture, particularly the sexual tension it exudes. The contemporary story is derivative of Polanski's brilliant KNIFE IN THE WATER, while the flashback story is ripe with atmosphere and an ominous mood that overwhelms the rest of the picture and sustains the whole movie. The ensemble performances are first rate, slightly uneven at times, but generally committed. Elizabeth Hurley is appropriately sexy in her bit, and no less interesting than anyone else, despite what you might expect. This is a rather somber, mood piece from Bigelow, whose reputation as a keen director of action movies is only briefly apparent in this subdued thriller. Well worth a look.
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