Suture (1993)

Suture (1993, USA) C-96m. *** D: Scott McGehee, David Siegel. Starring Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, Dina Merrill, Michael Harris. Remarkable, intelligent drama about identity and how it can be asserted and understood. After the murder of their father, two half-brothers (Haysbert, Michael Harris) are re-united. Miller cold-bloodedly plots to use their striking resemblance to switch identites by killing Haysbert with a car bomb, so that he is rid of suspicions involving the death of their father. However, Haysbert survives the explosion - as an amnesiac - and unknowingly is taken for his half-brother. An intriguing point only the audience knows: The brothers actually don't resemble each other at all, as Miller is white and Haysbert is black! Complicated, uneven, slow, but highly interesting, with some good acting and a riveting finale. Siegel and McGehee's first film was executive produced by Steven Soderbergh.


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