Buttoned-down schoolteacher Frannie (Meg Ryan) has chosen to control what is in her life carefully, and to hold emotions at bay. This attitude extends to sex and, when Frannie encounters a couple getting down to it in a public bathroom, she simply stands and watches. A grisly murder in her neighbourhood leads her to encounter detective Malloy (Mark Ruffalo), a damaged and cautious interloper who fascinates Frannie. Jane Campion’s (Top of the Lake) memorable 2003 erotic thriller is set in a seedily noir-ish New York City, where everyone’s a voyeur and a suspect.

Part of BFI Thriller on Tour presented by the Independent Cinema Office. Also screening as part of the tour at LIFF 2017 are: The Headless Woman, Mother, The Silence of the Lambs, The Vanishing and The Wages of Fear.

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