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May 31, 2013

Intersection (1994)
Director: Mark Rydell
Actors: Richard Gere, Lolita Davidovich, Sharon Stone

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Synopsis: A talented architect, Vincent Eastman (Richard Gere), reaches crisis-point in his complicated personal life. He is torn between his cold, business partner wife (Sharon Stone) and lively mistress (Lolita Davidovich).

Review: This is an odd, odd throwback to the bizarre landscape of Hollywood cinema in the early/mid-nineties. Theoretically, the plot is actually quite cerebral, with its European arthouse-style interrogation of a man’s dual love-life imagined in the moments after he is involved in a serious car accident.

Instead this rich raw material is scuppered by just how tame the canvas of mainstream filmmaking was in this period. First, there’s the gratuitous soft-porn sex scene that opens the film. This is so not a film about the titillation of sex, yet clearly we are in the era of Basic Instinct and Indecent Proposal, and when the unlikely duo of Sharon Stone (cast here) and Demi Moore were Hollywood’s two most bankable female stars. One shouldn’t be surprised therefore at just how lame and borderline misogynistic the representation of women in this film is. Sharon Stone and Lolita Davidovich are essentially just nauseating ciphers (one icily cold and frigid, the other a clichéd, passionate red-head who likes to get tipsy) built around Richard Gere’s incredibly narcissistic and leniently portrayed architect. Also bizarre is just how hammy the flashback structure in the film is. The director throws in so many clumsy intra-frames of reference (we don’t just get Gere’s death-bed reminiscences but other weird moments in his flashbacks where he remembers back still further), that it betrays just how ill-thought-out and hackneyed these pseudo-highbrow devices actually are. (May 2013)

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