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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker's descent
Lynne Stopkewich's second film, 'Suspicious River', like her first, 'Kissed', is built around a remarkable performance by the utterly fearless Molly Parker.

Parker's character 'Leila' is a bored, emotionally detached hotel clerk who prostitutes herself to guests passing through the desultory backwater town of Suspicious River. Leila is disconnected from her...
Published on 26 Aug 2006 by strawdog

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie
Though I only bought it because of Michael Shanks, was surprised with great performance by Molly Parker and saw other known faces in there
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker's descent, 26 Aug 2006
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This review is from: Suspicious River [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
Lynne Stopkewich's second film, 'Suspicious River', like her first, 'Kissed', is built around a remarkable performance by the utterly fearless Molly Parker.

Parker's character 'Leila' is a bored, emotionally detached hotel clerk who prostitutes herself to guests passing through the desultory backwater town of Suspicious River. Leila is disconnected from her husband but strikes up a rapport with a young local girl. The two watch a pair of swans on the river, the birds' awaited migration filling them with some dread.

Leila is drawn to Gary, a 'client' (chillingly played by Callum Keith Rennie) who alternates between abusiveness and tenderness, therby tightening the sado-erotic knot between them.

From then on its a downward spiral as Leila falls prey to Gary's mind games, leading to a disturbing outcome that also reveals the (fairly obvious) link between Leila and the young girl.

This is a difficult, subtly sordid film, but rewarding nonetheless if you're not averse to the dark and transgressive. Additionally Parker's coldly impressive performance is unmissable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Dense, unsettling and somewhat lyrical...", 3 Oct 2012
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Canadian screenwriter, production designer, film producer and director Lynne Stopkewich`s second feature film which she wrote, is based on a novel from 1996 by American author and poet Laura Kasischke. It premiered in the Cinema of the Present section at the 57th Venice International Film Festival in 2000, was screened in Perspective Canada section at the 25th Toronto International Film Festival in 2000 and is a Canadian production which was shot on location in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada and produced by producers Michael Okulitch and Raymond Massey. It tells the story about Leila Murray, an unfulfilled woman who yearns to escape from her sordid life in a small town where she lives in a platonic marriage with her husband Rick. Leila works as a receptionist in a more or less uninhabited motel which is mostly visited by men who know that they will get a whole lot more than a peaceful night`s sleep if they pay a little extra for the room, and one autumn day a mysterious stranger named Gary Jensen walks in.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Canadian filmmaker Lynne Stopkewich, this quietly paced and foreboding fictional tale which is narrated by and from the protagonist`s point of view, draws a dark and internal portrayal of a married clerk`s illicit relationship with a persuasive and dangerous man who makes her believe in the possibility of getting away from her mundane existence and passionless marriage. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric rural milieu depictions, fine production design by art director and production designer Don Macaulay, cinematography by Canadian cinematographer Gregory Middleton, editing by Scottish film editor Allan Lee and use of colors, this character-driven psychological drama depicts an in-depth study of character and contains a good score by composer Don Macdonald.

This poignantly atmospheric, somewhat surreal and suspenseful indie from the early 2000s about lost innocence and immoral romance which is set against the backdrop of a remote and seemingly lawless place nearby an alluring river, is impelled and reinforced by its subtle character development, esoteric and cold-hearted characters, fragmented narrative structure and the efficiently understated acting performances by Canadian actress Molly Parker, English-Canadian actor Callum Keith Rennie and Canadian actress Katie Keating in her debut feature film role. A dense, unsettling and somewhat lyrical mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rather a strange but gripping indy film, 11 April 2012
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Molly Parker was excellent as the bored married woman working at the motel who decided to have sex for money with the guests . This is rather a lost little gem of a movie , not erotic or graphic but with a sexual mallice . A weird child which for some reason reminded me of Dont look now and a haunting story , uncomfortable at times to watch but showing the complications between love/abuse/grooming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genius of Molly Parker, 23 April 2013
This review is from: Suspicious River [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
Other contributors have covered the plot. I just wanted to reiterate what a great performance this is by Molly Parker, who is bewitching as a hotel clerk desperately trying to escape the numbing boredom of her repetitive job and loveless marriage.
When she meets a charming stranger and enters into a sadomasochistic affair with him, she sees a way out of her personal nightmare, but it all turns very sour and sordid.
Nicely filmed and thoughtful with stellar central performances.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie, 28 Feb 2013
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Liliana Nigro "Mary Talltrees" (Argentina) - See all my reviews
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Though I only bought it because of Michael Shanks, was surprised with great performance by Molly Parker and saw other known faces in there
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5.0 out of 5 stars suspicious river, 25 Jan 2013
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Mr. I.V. Creeper "igor" (who knows, england,uk ?) - See all my reviews
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once again Molly Parker reaffirms that she is one of the finest actresses of all time. sit back and wallow in her performance as this young woman caught up in life of drudge in small town (if that isn't an exaggeration). she shows, without overacting her role, the anguish in a bleak setting. Great tale brilliantly told. top marks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Edgy and dark indie drama., 4 July 2010
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This was a fairly decent indie drama/thriller. Molly Parker was up to her usual high standard and the story though often uncomfortable and bleak was completely absorbing. If your a fan of independent film then this is well worth a look, and if you enjoy this check out 'The Sweet Hereafter' which is very similar in tone.
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