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Release Date: June 6th, 2003

DVD Release Date: October 28th, 2003

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
An unlikely romance develops when strait-laced Columbia University student Claire Harrison (Charlotte Ayanna) falls for Jack Grace (Adrien Brody), a handsome aspiring writer who blackmails businessmen for money with his partner, Charlie (Jon Seda). One day, after his con goes wrong and Jack finds himself targeted by the police, he's forced to abruptly abandon his relationship with Claire. Devastated by Jack's absence, Claire begins a dangerous downward spiral.

Cast: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier, Katherine Moennig, Michaela Conlin, Joey Kern

Director: Peter Sehr

Genres: Thriller, Drama, Romance

Production Co: P'Artisan Filmproduktion GmbH [de], Open City Films, Vif Filmproduktion GmbH [de], Daybreak Pictures Ltd. [us], TiMe Film- und TV-Produktions GmbH [de]

Distributors: Kino Pictures

Keywords: Gritty, New York City, 2000s, Transformation, Love, Hotel, Police officer, Dark, Fall

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Writer-director Peter Sehr displays obvious directing talent, especially in his use of nonlinear love scenes. He shows the coupling, the approach and release all at once, out of order, mixing the entire seduction ritual into one fluid montage. show more

  • Not perfect; a vice cop played by Pam Grier is oddly conceived and unlikely in action, and the movie doesn't seem to know how to end. But as character studies of Jack and Claire, it is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville. show more

  • None of it is enough, though, to save this glum drama from its schematic self.

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