In the Cut (2003, AUS/USA/GBR) C-119m. *** D: Jane Campion. Starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nick Damici, Kevin Bacon, Jane Campion. Fine, atmospheric erotic thriller with a surprisingly sexy Ryan. She plays a literature teacher in Manhattan, who is drawn into a murder investigation, when a body is found in her yard. A serial killer is dismembering his victims, and weary detective Ruffalo could also be a suspect. Good characterizations of emotionally unstable people, excellent camerawork, this is sometimes difficult to enjoy, but a well-made thriller. Director Campion adapted Susanna Moore's novel with the author herself. Coproduced by Nicole Kidman.

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