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jamie and jessie are not together

There's an authenticity to this film that's easy to like. It's a queer film wearing its queerness proudly. However the authentic lesbian life is punctuated with oddly placed fake-as-anything musical numbers that seem to make no real contribution to progressing the story. They just serve to unbalance what could have been a sweet, interesting film.

mercy

Ellen Barkin plays an experienced but lonely cop on the trail of a serial killer. The trail leads her to businesswoman Vickie Kittrie (Peta Wilson). Vickie is at first reluctant to cooperate, but then sets her sights at Catherine as her latest conquest, and the investigation becomes just another dangerous sexual game for her.

lapsia ja aikuisia (producing adults)

This is a dark comedy with elements of screwball, that towards the end becomes just that little bit serious to bring the love story to a satisfyingconclusion. It is a story for adults that shows adults acting like children, in that way we know we're all capable of in order to get our own way.

the black dahlia

As with all noir, by necessity style plays an important role. In this case I would say the mise-en-scene rises to the level of a main character. Brian De Palma is well known for favouring style over substance, but in The Black Dahlia this unexpected upstart of a character steals the show and never gives any of the other characters a look-in.

higher learning

The tagline for the film says "Unlearn", and that is an excellent explanation of the main theme of the film. How difficult is it to unlearn all we have been taught in our lives when faced with situations that fall outside our frame of reference?