Nobody seems to follow the advice lent by the title. And who cares?
Brilliant psychologist with repressed sexual nature meets hot Latino
with taste for good wine; borderline characters with borderline
personalities roam around in the background while somebody starts
stalking the heroine. This fairly predictable story is nothing more
than vehicle for Rebecca De Mornay and Antonio Banderas
masquerading as an old-style whodunnit spiced up with some 90's
The clues are spread all over the place for those of you with
an attentive eye; there is even a cute mirror shot (ala Polanski) that
gives it away at a glance, if you haven't managed to figure it out by
that point. Harry Dean Stanton and Len Cariou also appear in
cameos. The exceptional talents of Sir Peter Hall (whom, I can only
imagine, is hoping in this fashion to plow a wide-open path for
himself though Hollywood) could have put his time to better use than
on this unexceptional tale. His past ventures into stage, television,
and film would seem to promise better value. Technically speaking
(i.e. camerawork, production design, acting, directing) the film is
fine, but what about the script?
And what do the actors have to say about this endeavor? Banderas:
'This movie is very realistic and at the same time it's very complex.'
De Mornay: 'The film is sexy, but it is also very psychologically
intricate.' To all this Sir Peter profoundly adds, 'I think it's very
rich in human truths about the difficulty of knowing people, about the
difficulty of taking risks. No matter how much we love someone,
there are always constant surprises.' So much for the team at bat.
De Mornay, who was also executive producer, might have chosen a
project that would have expanded her wings miles further. Whatever
made her choose this script from so many others? Perhaps the
ambience of fellow artists was sufficient incentive. After all, as
director Hall says, 'If you don't dare to meet strangers, you never
broaden your experience.' Or, as De Mornay says, ' ...sometimes
strangers are exactly that, strangers that we really didn't know.'
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