In the Cut
A teacher (Meg Ryan) engages in a dangerous flirtation with a homicide detective (Mark Ruffalo) in this noir-inflected exploration of sexual curiosity and desire based on Susanna Moore’s controversial novel. Cinematographer Dion Beebe fuses bright and muted colours with the seedy streets of downtown Manhattan in ways that are at once welcoming and threatening and allude to the contradictions of female urban experience. The luminous sensory palette, refracted through an intense female gaze, is characteristic of Campion’s attention to materiality, marking this as a key work in her career. With Jennifer Jason Leigh.