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Thirst: Female Desire on Screen

In the Cut

+ intro by film critic Simran Hans

This feminist erotic thriller adds a frisson of dangerous sex to a murder investigation.

Image from In the Cut + intro by film critic Simran Hans

UK-Australia-USA 2003
Dir Jane Campion
With Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kevin Bacon
Certificate 18

Meg Ryan sheds her ‘good girl’ persona in Jane Campion’s boldly sensual adaptation of Susanna Moore’s 1995 novel. Caught up in the investigation of a series of grisly murders in her New York City neighbourhood, Frannie (Ryan) falls hard for Malloy (Ruffalo), a homicide detective and homme fatale. Steamy, anxious, and deeply misunderstood, the film stands apart from the lewd camp that characterises the erotic thriller genre.

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