March 30, 2011

Flick of the Day

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Actors: Catherine McCormack, Sarah Polley, Sean Penn, Vinessa Shaw, Elizabeth Hurley, Josh Lucas, Ulrich Thomsen, Ciaran Hinds
Year: 2000

Synopsis: A woman investigates a 130-year-old murder mystery, while trying to save her crumbling marriage.

Ten years before Kathryn Bigelow became the first female to win a Best Director Oscar for "The Hurt Locker", she directed this little-known independent film. The story revolves around two women. The first is Jean (McCormack), a journalist, who is simultaneously investigating a century-old murder case while trying to make her marriage to Thomas (Penn) work. The second is Maren (Polley), a young woman stuck in a loveless marriage of convenience. The stories constantly intersect and you begin to see similarities in these two women's lives, despite the fact that they live 130 years apart. The film draws you in with its unique plot, propensity for the unexpected, and wonderful (perfectly subtle and subdued) performances. I highly recommend it.

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