A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean's private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters.Written by
Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873. See more »
When the tea kettle reaches boiling, we see steam escaping not only from the lid but also from the completely uncapped spout. And yet there is a whistling noise. Steam doesn't just whistle. It has to travel through a pressure release valve to make a sound. This kettle clearly did not have one. See more »
Love, hate, jealousy, desire sometimes work together with disastrous consequences.
Kathryn Bigelow put together an interesting story based on a novel using these themes. Action bounced back and forth between the present with Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley & Josh Lucas; and the past featuring Sarah Polley.
A murder took place in 1873 and there is no doubt watching the action that Polley committed it. Unfortunately, a man hangs for the crime instead of her.
The present day crew with McCormack doing a great job as a photographer investigating the murder seem to be having some of the same problems that beset Polley. Her husband (Peen) can't seem to take his eyes off Hurley (and who could blame him as she exposes ample skin to distract us should the story lag - which it doesn't), and there is some indication that more might have happened.
Just as things came to a head with Polley and a moment of madness overtook her, we can see the same things happening in the present.
The murdered are still be discussed 100 years later and only a couple of people know what really happened. We can also look at the present situation and discuss what went on in the minds of the characters in the storm. It leaves room for doubt, and that is what makes this an interesting story, besides, of course, McCormack's and Polley's performances.
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