We return to our Ki-no Thanks series, with Jane Campion’s In The Cut from 2003. Yes, this series began by looking at the (supposedly) worst movies ever made, but we’ve slowly adapted this to include movies that were rejected by audiences and critics alike but may have found their audience later down the line. On today’s episode, we’re joined by writer/director, film enthusiast, and In The Cut fan Carol Fitzgerald!
Following the gruesome murder of a young woman in her neighbourhood, a self-determined woman living in New York City – as if to test the limits of her own safety – propels herself into an impossibly risky sexual liaison. Soon she grows increasingly wary about the motives of every man with whom she has contact – and about her own.
We discuss the film at length and touch on the career of Meg Ryan, the ways in which Campion recontextualises a narrative and form popularised by the 90s Erotic Thriller, and then we end up talking about Oppenheimer for a while.