Mark Ruffalo and Meg Ryan in In the Cut © Sony Pictures Releasing
Mark Ruffalo and Meg Ryan in In the Cut © Sony Pictures Releasing
In the Cut © Sony Pictures Releasing

Presented by ACMI in association with the Sydney Film Festival & NFSA

In the Cut

Jane Campion | UK, Australia, France, USA | 2003 | R18+

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Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo toe the line of predator and prey in Campion’s intoxicating and controversial adaptation of Susanna Moore’s erotic novel that defies convention.

Meg Ryan slashes her sweetheart screen persona as a New York City English teacher who becomes dangerously involved with a detective (Ruffalo) investigating the brutal murder of a young woman, in what remains Campion’s most provocative and polarising film.

Adapted from Susanna Moore’s novel of the same name and impressionistically shot by Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Dion Beebe (Holy Smoke), Campion uses the erotic thriller as a Trojan Horse for her ongoing exploration of female autonomy and desire. The film notoriously divided critics – but not David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, who both gave it five stars on The Movie Show, with Pomeranz deeming it "absolutely the best film that Jane Campion has ever made".

Once the mystery’s burned away, what’s left is a minutely etched study in mood and female psychology.

Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: Sony Pictures Releasing Australia
Courtesy: Sony Pictures Releasing Australia
Runtime: 119 mins

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119 mins



Contains high-level sex scenes and medium-level violence


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