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In the Cut (2003)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 24, 2003
• UK: 31 Oct 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 10, 2004
• R2: 1 Mar 2004

Budget $12,000,000

Official Website:
In the Cut Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 59 minutes

Country Australia, USA, UK

Production Companies
Pathe Productions, Pathé Pictures International, Red Turtle

Studio Laurie Parker, Pathe Prods., Pathé Distribution, Screen Gems

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• In the Cut

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Drama, Murder, Suspense, Erotic, Serial Killer, Love, Detectives, Infidelity, Disturbing, Investigation

Tagline: Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

Plot: Frannie Avery (MEG RYAN) is a self-determined writing professor living alone in New York. Smart and reserved, Frannie has nevertheless allowed her study of street slang and detective novels to keep her at a safe distance from the gritty side of the city. But everything changes one night when, while meeting a student in a local bar, Frannie walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman. She is instantly paralyzed by the eros before her, and though she does not see the man’s face, she cannot forget the tattoo on his wrist or his brazen stare.

Soon after, Frannie learns of a grisly murder near her apartment when, unexpectedly, a police detective insists on questioning her. The strangely familiar and alluring Detective Malloy (MARK RUFFALO) believes she may know something. At first, Malloy mystifies Frannie, and although she tries to keep him at a distance, Frannie becomes attracted. They meet for a drink, and Malloy offers to be anyone she wants him to be, a promise that frightens Frannie almost as much as the tattoo on his wrist. Even as Frannie’s half-sister Pauline (JENNIFER JASON LEIGH) encourages her to continue the relationship, doubts linger, and Frannie has to fight the urge to run away as is her habit.

As the investigation continues, Frannie finds herself

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 External Reviews
external linkWhile In the Cut is terribly uneven and starts off at a snail's pace, I must admit that if you stick with it, it does draw you in and keeps you guessing as to who could be killing these poor girls

external linkJane Campion directs a Channel 5-type erotic thriller – the ending is disappointing but the direction and the performances (especially Ryan) are superb. 4/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkSex and desire come to a bloody head in this elliptical thriller. Stylish, clever, and full of insight into the darker side of both male and female sexuality - but when a film like this runs twenty or so minutes too long, just don't advertise the fact bycalling it 'In the Cut'. 7/10
--Anton Bitel (Movie Gazette)

 Directed by
Jane Campion
The Piano, Holy Smoke, The Portrait of a Lady
 Written by
Jane Campion
The Piano, Holy Smoke, The Portrait of a Lady
Susanna Moore
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Road to Perdition, eXistenZ, The Machinist
Meg Ryan
Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally..., You've Got Mail
Mark Ruffalo
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Collateral, 13 Going On 30
Susan Gardner
Speak, Hot steps - passi caldi
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