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This accomplished feature debut from award-winning ad director Mehdi Norowzian is an atmospheric and visually stunning film that never sacrifices content for style. Two Mississippi stories are told in alternate bursts: one concerns a released prisoner, Stephen (Fiennes), who works at a grubby diner; the other, a nervous suburban wife, Mary (Shue, in a stand-out performance), whose life spirals into tragedy after she's told of her husband's affair. Never rushing its narrative, the film gives us plenty of time to absorb these intricate personalities, gradually introducing the theme of resistance (or otherwise) to the cruelty of chance.

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Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mehdi Norowzian
Screenwriter: Massy Tadjedin, Amir Tadjedin
Cast: Dennis Hopper
Deborah Kara Unger
Elisabeth Shue
Joseph Fiennes
Sam Shepard
Mary Stuart Masterson
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