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Theatrical Release: April 28, 2000
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The ultimate in minimalist film production, this picture was shot in one day entirely with hand-held digital video cameras in sequence, in real time, and with no editing.
A black comedy thriller set against Los Angeles lifestyles, with the plot unfolding before the cameras as the actors each forge an improvised trajectory for their characters based on the central elements of an affair, a murder, and an ensuing Hollywood mystery.
Four main characters are at the center of the plot: Stellan Skarsgard is a motion picture executive; Saffron Burrows is his wife; Salma Hayek is an aspiring actress in the midst of an affair; and Jeanne Tripplehorn is a woman whose actions will alter all their fates.

Dove Review

An inventive psychological comedy/drama, but the characters and lifestyles are depressing. The characters do not better themselves by film’s end and we have been forced to watch deviant and obscene behavior.

Content Description

Language: GD 2, Jesus 2, God or oh my God 13, F-word 20, S-word 5, ass 2, 6 expletives – Sex: adultery is committed; lesbian relationship; sexual situation 1, no nudity, sexual conversations 3, two women kiss – Drugs: at least five times we see characters snort cocaine; occasional drinking; one character has a drinking problem; several of the leads smoke throughout the film – Violence: a gun is used first to threaten, then to shoot someone; a woman beats her cheating girlfriend; 1 death; one very bloody.


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Writer: Mike Figgis
Director: Mike Figgis
Genre: Mystery
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright