In the Cut (2003)

Criminally misunderstood and rejected upon release, this is a groundbreaking dissection of feminine sexuality personified by Meg Ryan, at 42, owning every inch of her age and maturity to heighten an already-incredible performance. Grisly, lurid and soaked in fluids, part-urban horror, part-erotic thriller but filtered through Campion’s unique lens it becomes something wholly new, severe and emotionally visceral. The explicit and frank discussions about sex and body parts, the threat of extreme violence bubbling in every scene, the hot-blooded visuals and the spiralling dream-cum-nightmare aura – there’s so much to process. This is the kind of film that makes you feel naughty for watching it. I’m actually shook.

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