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(Review originally written at 11 September 2004)

I really like character movies. Movies like; "12 Angry Men", "Glengarry Glen Ross" and the more recent Dutch movie "Cloaca". "Death and the Maiden" also is such a character movie from master director Roman Polanski.

One thing really surprised me about this movie. In a movie with Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley you expect that those two will completely steal the show, however for me Stuart Wilson gave away the best acting performance of the movie.

A movie with 3 such actors is of course a very strong movie, with both great performance's and dialogs in a realistic story.

However with a story like this movie has you would expect more tense and maybe claustrophobic moments. The movie at time fails to and has some missed opportunities. So in a way you can call this movie a successful character movie but a flawed thriller. But of course if you like strong character movies this is a absolute must see, with an ending that doesn't disappoint. The story still offers some powerful moments and twists.

An absolute must see for the character movie lovers among us.

8/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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