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Killing me Softly - Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone (2002)

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Movie Plot of: Killing me Softly

A London website designer ops out of her comfortable but ordinary relationship with a nice boyfriend when she forms a dangerously obsessive bond with a handsome, mysterious mountaineer, who turns out to have some secrets.

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Starring: Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes

Director: Kaige Chen

Studio: M G M, Inc

DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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It's easy to identify the biggest attraction of Killing Me Softly: two fetching actors (Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes) and lots of nudity--especially in the unrated version. It's harder to choose the bigger liability: the dialogue howlers (as Fiennes binds Graham in ropes, she says, "Sometimes I feel like I don't know you") or the incredibly obvious solution to the big mystery. The story is an unofficial update of Hitchcock's Suspicion: a new wife wonders whether her unbelievably charismatic husband might be a murderer. The Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) turns out to be exactly the wrong director for this overheated slice of l'amour fou in London, but with the hopeless pairing of Graham and Fiennes as the passionate lovers, he didn't have much of a chance. A nicely romantic Patrick Doyle score is the only reason not to hit the Mute button and enjoy the visua


Dumped unceremoniously and perhaps unfairly direct to video for its Stateside release, director Chen Kaige’s seeming erotic thriller Killing Me Softly actually does a fair job in updating the Gothic romance novel for modern times and underlines the link between the two genres. Though its rather routine script is loaded with familiar situations, the movie has a cinematic fluidity and sense of intelligence that makes it work more than it probably should. It begins unassumingly enough with the introduction of Alice (Heather Graham), a happily partnered software designer who is tempted out of her comfortable existence by a seemingly harmless flirtation with Adam (Joseph Fiennes), a dashing mountain climber she meets serendipitously on the streets of London one day. The fairy tale courtship that follows is spiced up with a series of fiercely passionate and almost comically exaggerated sex scenes, but since the film adequately illustrates Alice’s sexual restlessness in her prior relationship, they don’t feel gratuitous, exactly. The dichotomy between Alice’s perfunctory ex-lover, who watches footy on the tube, and her new one, who is athletic by profession, is unmistakable, as is the sense of danger that surrounds Adam, and in the extreme portrayals of these men, the film seems to find its métier. The scenes that detail Alice’s insecurities or demonstrate her sexual growth are the most intriguing because they take the concerns that usually exist on the edges in the genre and present them in a head-on, unembarrassed manner. Considering the movie’s trajectory, it’s not particularly surprising when their wedding nuptials are followed by the introduction of bondage into their sex life, though the explicitness of the sex scene that details the change is a bit of a shock because so few films of this sort are willing to be frank with us.

Once Alice and Adam marry, a series of mysterious phone calls and notes makes her question his cloudy past. At this point, she begins rummaging through his closets looking for clues, and the movie begins to resemble a sexually liberated version of Hitchcock’s Rebecca. That’s a somewhat pointless exercise, to be sure, but Chen’s visual sensibilities keep things watchable past the forty-five minute mark, when the plot becomes hopelessly predictable. He infuses his compositions with bright, bold shades (the victims of a mountaineering mishap have jumpsuits in each of the primary colors) that feel unusually vivid for an entry in this genre. The exquisite lap dissolves, the sprinkling snowflakes and the softly lit surface of skin are the key visual touchstones here, and they keep the mood energized throughout. Though the actors seem to function mostly as beautiful faces first and performers second, that approach matches the film’s. Aesthetics are placed above characterization, and that’s fortunate because once they’re stripped away, this is the stuff of dime-store novels.


Wow! wow! wow! If I could this entire review would be filled with the word wow! Here is a movie I wasn't to sure about. I had heard so much bad word-of-mouth. But, I NEVER like to pay attention to public opinion concerning movies. "Killing Me Softly" is the American debut of Chen Kaige. One of my favorite modern filmmakers. And the movie stars Heather Graham, one of my favorite modern actresses. She has such an appealing presense onscreen. I find her so likeable in all the movies she's been in, even the ones I don't like. And often I feel that she's better than the movies she's appeared in. Movies like "Austin Powers 2", "Say It Isn't So!", & "Commited" I didn't like, but watch her in the Woody Allen-ish "Sidewalks of New York", "From Hell", and the Steve Martin comedy "Bowfinger". She is quite amusing. "Killing Me Softly" is about an American in London. She is in an secure relationship with a man who loves her very much and even plans on marrying her. But, one day as fate would have it, she meets Adam (Joseph Fiennes). And soon an instant attraction follows. But, it does deeper than that. An affair begins. Now does "Killing Me Softly" have loop holes? You bet! And plenty of them. The whole beginning of the movie may cause such confusion to some viewers they may not even want to finish watching it. For example, the way Alice and Adam meet is not handle well at all. The affair happens so quickly we are shocked! Hey, slow down there. And a scene dealing with marriage is campy and doesn't seem sincere. But, I gave the movie a chance and all of a sudden I was hooked. I managed to excuse all of it's faults. And when I just sat back and relaxed I found I enjoyed the picture. Now, I don't mean to lead people on that everyone will enjoy this movie. Because I know they won't. One of the main reasons I enjoy the film is due to my admiration for Kaige and Graham. And some Kaige fans might not even like this movie because they will feel that Kaige is out of his range here. You see, for those who don't know, Kaige usually makes historical period pieces. Films like "The Emperor and the Assassin", "Temptress Moon" and "Farewell My Concubine". But, like I said, I guess I was blinded. And true filmbuffs will say that this movie is trying to become the new Saturday late night soft core porn version of Hichcock's "Suspicion". It does play around with the same ideas. So, only if your a diehard fan of Kaige and you like Graham do I suggest seeing this movie. Others I'm afraid won't like it. Now, all I have to do is see the "unrated version". Bottom-line: Not one of Chen Kaige's best films, but an entertaining one nonetheless. Heather Graham as usually turns in a nice performance and the film does achieve some nice moments. Works mostly if your a fan of the star and the director

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