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  • Actors: Susie Porter, Kelly McGillis, Abbie Cornish, Brendan Cowell, Jim Holt
  • Directors: Samantha Lang
  • Writers: Anne Kennedy, Dorothy Porter
  • Producers: Domenico Procacci, John Maynard, Robert Connolly
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006421N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Private detective Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter) has been hired to look for a missing poetry student named Mickey. Knowing little about poetry herself, Jill asks Mickey's tutor Diana (Kelly McGillis) for advice and the two women quickly become caught up in a passionate affair. But when Mickey's body turns up murdered, Jill must continue to search through the secrets of the young student's life, groping deeper and deeper into the dark and seamy underworld of poetry.

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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful By "littlewicca" on 21 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter), ex-cop turned unsucessful private investigator is hired to find a missing girl, Mickey Norris. The girl, a student of poetry in Sydney, has been writing some disturbing work leaving Jill more concerned as to her whereabouts.
Jill gets drawn further into the close-knit poetry community, becoming involved with Diana (Kelly McGillis), Mickey's professor. The film is a little obvious at times but the filming and dialogue makes up for this.
Includes graphic sex scenes between Jill and Diane.
Definately one of the better films with a lesbian theme on the market.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gogol VINE VOICE on 14 July 2008
Format: DVD
Far too much is made of this film simply because the main characters in it are lesbian. Rather than simply look at that if you just watch this film as an erotic thriller similar to Basic Instincts then you have a serious case of the yawn factor.

The film simply does not get going, for a suspense thriller you need well, suspense! The characters are just so dull you get the impression even the actresses are bored and are just praying for the director to say "Cut" so then can go home. The film just drifts along at a walking pace and no sorry, just because the main characters are lesbian is not going to convince me the film is any good.

A poor film that if you can sit through to the end you will be probably kicking yourself you just wasted and hour and a bit of your life when you could have been watching paint dry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By droog on 3 Sept. 2014
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There is much going on in this film which depicts how high intellectualism is matched with low moral values. The intellectualism is provided by an examination of how Jill, a lesbian private detective, has to try and find Mickey, a writer and performer of erotic verse in which she is the central protagonist ; she has disappeared and her parents wish to find her.

Jill is no intellectual and asks for help from Diana, a college professor of literature. She realises that, to help ascertain what made Mickey tick, she will have to delve into the poetry underworld peopled by randy professors and poets and even a man of God. Diana is bisexual and soon she and Jill are having an affair. Unfortunately, Mickey is found dead,strangled,and Jill is retained by her parents to find out who killed her. Jill proceeds on her own, getting no help from her policemen ex-colleagues one of whom hates her because of her sexuality. In fact,throughout the whole film, men did not emerge as being pleasant; on the other hand, neither did some of the intellectual women, one of whom tells Jill she was 'out of her depth'. Jill eventually did cope with this learned arrogance which displayed a misogynist attitude to women and potential poets who think that they are as unbalanced as Sylvia Plath.

By studying Mickey's poetry and talking to poets who have autographed her work,Jill begins to have an idea of the girl/woman. However, near the end, there was a narrative jump when Jill identifies the killer. Diana and her husband Rick are entirely unconcerned about Mickey's death - they lived in a moral sewer, they are completely unaware of real life especially if it trespasses on their intellectual pretensions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim O'Farrell on 2 July 2013
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Mcgillis and Porter give committed, vulnerable performances - emotionally and visually naked.But there just isn't a screed of acoherent plot
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Captain Lambs on 6 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
I'm LOATHED to give this 1 star but you can't seem to rate it with zero stars...hmph. Anyway, the lesbian sub-plot of this film if basically just there for titillation, God only knows WHO exactly they were trying to titillate though! It was pretentious, unconvincing, and like the protagonist's sex life, utterly dissatisfying. If you're looking for a film which realistically portrays lesbianism, or even if you're just looking for a crime thriller, please, do NOT buy this film. It's nothing but an arty Basic Instinct, which just goes to show, you can't polish a turd...
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
I wasn't expecting too much from this film because like most film in the lesbian catagory it's main selling point is that it has lesbians in it and therefore it seems acceptable to not bother too much with good plots and good actors. This film just about lived up to my poor expectations, the acting wasn't great, the sex scenes were a real turn-off because the characters and excessive body hair weren't that nice to look at and the plot was decidely un-interesting. Buy Tipping the Velvet instead.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Kelly mcgillis.....what a sexy, classy woman! Like a good bottle of wine, she has increased in flavour. From top gun in 86 to monkey mask in 2006....I preferred the latter.
I thought the movie was cleverly put together, one of those films you think about days afterwards....deep but not depressing. Susie Porter played a soft boyish type....a romatic at heart. Some good sex scenes without going over the top....well worth a watch! Poetic justice.
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