The director of such highly regarded films as Yellow Earth (1984) and Farewell, My Concubine (1993), Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige makes his English-language debut with this erotic thriller adapted from the novel by Nicci French. Alice (Heather Graham) is an American Web designer living in Illinois who falls for a ruggedly handsome mountain climber named Adam (Joseph Fiennes). Bored with her dull love live, sparks begin to fly when Alice and Adam have a chance meeting at a stoplight, and it isn't long before the couple are living together and Adam proposes. With their heated romance taking on hints of mild S & M following their wedding, Alice's realization that she knows very little about her new spouse begins to take on ominous undertones when she discovers that his former fiancée died under mysterious circumstances. Allegations of rape and more missing lovers soon prompt Alice to continue her increasingly disturbing investigation toward answers she may not be ready to accept.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Romance,Thriller
- Run Time: 100min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 11/10/2002
- DVD Release Date: 03/25/2003
- Distributor(s): MGM
- Themes: Dangerous Attraction
- Tone: Moody,Ominous,Sexy,Slick,Stylish,Sensual
husband-and-wife, jealousy, marriage, poison-pen, sexual-attraction
- Language: English