Suspicious River

on September 09, 2000 by Kevin Courrier
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After the international success of her debut film, "Kissed," Lynne Stopkewich was sealed up with this project for close to five years. And it shows. "Suspicious River" explores similar sexually obsessive material but it isn't as well thought-out.

   Leila Murray (Molly Parker of "Kissed") works as a receptionist at a small-town motel. While handing out room keys, she also offers men sex for the same price as the rental of the room. Somehow, Leila keeps this secret from her husband. But when she offers her services to Gary (Callum Keith Rennie), a volatile and charismatic loner, Leila ends up getting more than she bargained for. Their affair ends up dislodging old memories that were long buried.

   Molly Parker does manage to give the kind of ethereal performance that provides some anchor. And Callum Keith Rennie keeps you off guard with his sinister charm. But "Suspicious River" has too many bends in the stream. Starring Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie, Mary Kay Welsh and Joel Bissonnette. Directed and written by Lynne Stopkewich. Produced by Michael Okulitch. No distributor set. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 92 min.

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