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Eye of the Beholder [DVD] [P&S]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on the novel by Marc Behm, Australian writer-director Stephan Elliott's (THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT) voyeuristic thriller stars Ewan McGregor as a high-tech surveillance detective for the British Consulate. Codenamed "Eye," Wilson is investigating the involvement of his boss' son with a beautiful, mysterious woman (Ashley Judd), and becomes a horrified witness when she brutally murders him. Trailing her as she flees Washington, the Eye watches fascinated as she switches identities, seduces and kills again. The Eye, too, has some personal demons to contend with. He is haunted (literally) by the image of his daughter, who was taken away by his wife. Consumed by guilt, the Eye vows not to also lose the "extraordinary" femme fatale, ignoring repeated attempts by his Moneypenny-esque assistant, Hilary (k.d. lang), to pull him off the case. Tracking his quarry cross-country, the Eye learns that her name is Joanna, and she has some serious father issues. Collecting snow globes from each locale (watch for Elliott's neat camera trick with the globes), the Eye gradually becomes more obsessed. When Joanna finally has a chance at happiness with a blind millionaire (Patrick Bergin), will the Eye be able to let go?
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  • Credits
    Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin, K.D. Lang, Kathryn Dawn Lang, Jason Priestley, Genevive Bujold, Genevieve Bujold, Charles Powell, Ann-Marie Brown
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Judd is a firecracker of an actress..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Visually audacious....Looks and feels like nothing else..." -- 3 out of 5 stars
    Premiere

    "...Richly detailed....[McGregor and Judd give] attentive, focused performances..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Effulgent style and dazzling technique, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is first and foremost an actor's piece, a highly internalized drama that extracts the very best from both Judd and McGregor..."
    Box Office

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