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While on a journey of discovery in India, young and beautiful Ruth Barron (Kate Winslet) falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Worried about their daughter, her desperate parents hire cult deprogrammer PJ Waters (Harvey Keitel) who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. But PJ quickly learns that he's met his match in the sexy, intelligent and iron-willed Ruth. Directed by Academy Award® winner Jane Campion (Best Writing, The Piano, 1994), you'll feel the sparks fly between PJ and Ruth in this electric battle of the sexes.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Jane Campion
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 54 minutes
- Release date : February 7, 2012
- Actors : Harvey Keitel
- Studio : Miramax Echo Bridge
- ASIN : B006GL8NQ0
- Number of discs : 1
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This film had so many finely wrought moments that I occasionally exclaimed out loud, "Brilliant!" One such moment is when Harvey Keitel's character, PJ Waters, the cult exiter, swaggers into the film via the Sydney airport with his tight jeans, black shirt, cowboy boots, and sunglasses. We see a gaggle of people surrounding the luggage carts as they make futile attempts to dislodge them from one another. The crowd separates as the gum-chewing PJ approaches and effortlessly extracts the carts, artfully twirling them toward grateful and awed travellers. We understand instantly that this is a man to be reckoned with.
Yes, I cried watching this film. But not only for the pity I felt for Ruth and P.J., but for the film's general excellence. Acting like this made me wonder at the whole of film making, made me feel proud at human accomplishments. Winslet gives us a Ruth that is rich, multi-layered, powerful and vulnerable at the same time. Keitel is a courageous actor: you'll know what I mean when you see the red dress. These are first-rate performances, and I feel grateful to have witnessed them.
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Sadly lots, but before that the good stuff; the film (and Kate) looks absolutely ravishing even on TV, must have been a real treat in the cinema. It start pretty well as Kates character is seduced by a cult in India, then brought home to Australia to meet Kietels sleazy macho exit counselor. Though even then there is a problem with tone, is this being played for laughs (Kates bizarre extended family) or are we meant to take it seriously?
Once Kate and Harvey are holed up in a secluded shack it downhill from there. The dialogue lumbers rather than sparkles and the relationship heads for a rather predictable conclusion. By the end it has a sort of car crash quality as Harvey stumbles around the desert in red lipstick and a minidress, chasing after Kate who is wearing shoes made out of books!
Has its moments, but not a film I could recommend to anyone