I hadn't seen that much of Meg Ryan
in films as romantic comedy isn't my thing (yes, she most certainly
have had performed in other sorts of films also for sure) but i knew
her name from the hugely successful films
"Sleepless in Seattle", "You've got mail" and "When
Harry met Sally".
With this erotic crime thriller Meg Ryan for sure wanted to do something
else than chirpy roles in RomComs.
Jane Campion's film is edgy, arty and dark with atmospheric
cinematography plus a shocking dicksucking
scene, for real or not. Meg Ryan gave a fantastic performance in this
film. Respect Meg, i love you.
She plays a mousy and gloomy middle-aged writer and teacher/professor
and she's lonely and alone, besides
her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and is longing for closeness and
She gets excited when she watches a man in partial shadow getting a
blowjob from a woman at the back of a
bar. But, a serial killer is on the loose chopping up women and a part
of the victims body is found in her back
yard, and the investigating cop is played by Mark Ruffalo. Whodunit
Meg Ryan and Jane Campion were burned at the stake by the stinky public
and the critics. People obviously
didn't want to see Meg Ryan topless (she looked fabulous by the way)
or that much sex content in a Meg
Ryan film. Apparently she was only to be seen in romantic comedies and
not in an erotic thriller.
Meg Ryan was great as Frannie Avery, looked a bit unhappy and lost as
normal people often tend to do,
in my eyes she felt very much alive in the role. She's not charming
or funny, she's miserable and normal.
Note: What finally stayed in my mind after watching
the film was the exquisite NY cinematography and
the un-glamourness of Meg Ryan's role portrayal
The film is presented in widescreen 1.85:1 with english
audio DTS HD-MA 2.0 with subtitles. No extras