In the Cut

In the Cut

Jane Campion (2003)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Susanna Moore's notoriously explicit novel gives director Jane Campion another opportunity to explore her favourite theme - the self-destructive elements of female desire. Meg Ryan stars as Frannie Avery, a New York teacher who falls for Detective Malloy (Mark Ruffalo), a man who's all wrong for her, yet helps Avery to get in touch with herself and experience unknown pleasures. But Malloy is enigmatic, if not dangerous - he's investigating a series of murders in her neighbourhood that he himself might have committed. And it's not only Ryan who's in trouble, but also her half-sister, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Campion's trademark off-kilter camerawork matches the increasingly skewed world view of her protagonist and Ryan is a revelation, albeit doing an impression of a fragile Nicole Kidman (who acts as producer and was originally going to star). Ultimately, the film works as a study of sexual longing, but fails as a thriller. The plot mechanics are too obvious, the twist too predictable and the novel's original, searing ending has been changed. Despite the frank talk and naked bodies, this is just another Hollywood cop-out.


A New York teacher witnesses a sexual assault that led to murder and becomes involved in a lust-filled relationship with the detective who arrives to interview her. But with a killer roaming the city and too many suspects close to home, she is unsure who she can really trust. Thriller from director Jane Campion, starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin Bacon.

Cast & Crew

Frannie Avery Meg Ryan
Det James Malloy Mark Ruffalo
Pauline Jennifer Jason Leigh
Det Richard Rodriguez Nick Damici
Cornelius Webb Sharrieff Pugh
John Graham Kevin Bacon
Director Jane Campion
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Edited for content. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 31 Oct 2003