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Awesome: 10%
Worth A Look: 26.67%
Pretty Bad: 3.33%
Total Crap: 18.33%

6 reviews, 24 user ratings

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by nostradamus

"Sperro is sexy but the plot's BAD!!!!!"
3 stars

Promising tale about a neurotic isolated wife left alone to cope with a talented gay (must be a tautology!) son mixing it up with a less than wholesome lover and then (allegedly) being responsible for his murder.

The cinematography is excellent with symbolic splashes of red for murder/passion/romantic love. However, the plot falls away when realism floats out the window. The unattractive mother is then blackmailed by the wonderfully masculine, handsome blackmailer (don't think they exist), Sperro. Gradually he comes to understand his prey could well be his lover and he slowly backs away from the chase. Head blackmailer Nagel, who has some shadowy connection to her absent husband, takes over and Sperro is left to come to the rescue. But will he rescue her in time before she confesses all to the police? Isn't the web of clues all too obvious?

In the end Sperro dies heroically and we are left with the unresolved mouth-hovering almost kiss between abuser and victim. Just before he dies Sperro almost tells her something, "I'm not…" The most bemusing part of the movie is then left to the audience to work out what Sperro could have said. Was he going to say "I'm not going to die"? or was he going to say "I'm not going to have unprotected sex with you"?? Who knows, we didn't. But at least we had fun thinking of all the potential one liners that could have happened. Unfortunately, we really can't credit the film-maker with that though…

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User Comments

9/02/11 hurdygurdy man Somehow holds interest, guess waiting for SOMETHING to happen...OK if ya doin time. 2 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner This one was kinda boring. 1 stars
6/05/07 R.W. Welch Sets up well but loses believability as it goes. 3 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini not horrible 3 stars
1/13/07 Tiffany it was good. saw it on dvd though. Maybe it was better at the movies. 4 stars
7/02/06 Jack Sommersby Appallingly overrated and riddled with many logic loopholes. 2 stars
11/12/05 jennifer awful 1 stars
9/08/05 eliza c preposterous 1 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt A great, smart, engrossing film! Very well acted! 5 stars
7/21/03 francis Has anyone ever seen an anchor lying sharp point up. Too many plot problems. 3 stars
4/15/03 Jack Bourbon I'M IN LOVE WITH TILDA SWINTON. There, I said it. Is something wrong with me? 4 stars
4/12/03 Jack Sommersby Cliches dressed up in artsiness. Well, it doesn't wash. 1 stars
7/13/02 davebo good points and bad points kinda evened out 3 stars
5/27/02 Phil M. Afficianado Read Jim the Movie Freak's review. Story is unbelievable. Swinton unbelievably good. 3 stars
5/21/02 Shrike Slightly dissapointed, but not bad either 3 stars
4/20/02 natasha good acting, good story, interesting water imagery 4 stars
3/02/02 Unagiboy A little disappointed. Visnic's character's turnaround made no sense. Swinton was great! 3 stars
1/08/02 Anne I thought the acting was awesome! Best movie I've seen all year! 5 stars
11/28/01 Jimbo Well made and I enjoyed it 4 stars
10/08/01 adam Awful and absurdly overated.To use the phrase total crap sounds base. But it's appropriate. 1 stars
8/25/01 Suzz great performance by Swinton; a different kind of plot; great camera work. 5 stars
8/18/01 Heather Did Greg see the same movie as me? I loved this movie! 5 stars
8/15/01 ri bisi awesome 5 stars
6/04/01 Bronwyn Preston absolutely beautiful, emotionally rich and complex. I loved it. 5 stars
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