Episode 121: Jane Campion's 'In the Cut' (2003)


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In this episode, I talk about Jane Campion's 2003 film, "In the Cut." Meg Ryan plays, Frannie, an English teacher who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after parts of a woman's body are found in her garden. She may have even seen the murder victim shortly before the crime. After the lead detective on the case interviews her, the two of them become involved in a dark, torturous relationship. "In the Cut" is a deeply erotic and feminist film that centers female sexuality and female pleasure. It also explores the dark side of desire and the complicated relationships between men and women. There are spoilers in this episode. I also talk explicitly and openly about sex.  Consider making this podcast sustainable by supporting it on Patreon.Subscribe to the Her Head in Films Newsletter.Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.Original logo by Dhiyanah Hassan Full Show Notes:My episode on Jane Campion's The PianoMy episode on Lynne Ramsay's Morvern CallarMy episode on The Double Life of VeroniqueTo the Lighthouse by Virginia WoolfMy episode on Michael Haneke's The Piano TeacherIn the Cut book by Susanna MooreOut of the PastMy episode on Singin' in the Rain"The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power" by Audre LordeThe SilenceBlack SwanMy episode on Francois Ozon's Under the SandMy episode on Blue is the Warmest ColorBlue ValentineMy Sources:Charlie Rose interview with Jane Campion, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Meg RyanBBC interview with Jane Campion