In the Cut
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
In the Cut is a 2003 American/British/Australian crime/erotic thriller film written and directed by New Zealand director Jane Campion. It is based on a Susanna Moore novel, and has been released on DVD. The unrated version is notorious for a scene of apparent unsimulated fellatio witnessed by Meg Ryan's character, although it was later revealed in the film commentary that the actress fellated a dildo.
Based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Moore, In the Cut is a psychological thriller in which Frannie (Meg Ryan) is a lonely New York City high school English teacher, who is compiling a dictionary of urban slang with the help of one her students. Frannie "discovers the darker side of passion" after becoming involved with a tough homicide detective investigating a series of murders in her neighborhood. As the plot develops, she begins to wonder if the detective (Mark Ruffalo) might be the murderer, but remains curious and passionate. When Frannie's younger half-sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is decapitated by the murderer, her doubts about the detective increase.