The Watching Hour: Bound
USA, 1995, 108 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: American Indie, Black Comedy, Film Noir, Gay/Lesbian, Thriller, Womens Issues
35mm presentation - The Wachowskis' remarkable directorial debut is a revisionist take on the film noirs of the 1940s. Part THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, SIN CITY (a gritty detective comic book that inspired the look of the film), and THELMA & LOUISE (an admittedly key influence), BOUND brilliantly evokes the moody atmosphere of early noir, but with a unique, modern edge. Jennifer Tilly plays Violet, a gangster's mistress who wants out of the mob life. A live action Betty Boop (all soft curves and a sweet, breathy voice), Violet may seem just another incarnation of the beautiful, yet dim brunette Tilly has played before (as in her Oscar-nominated role in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY). But it turns out that Violet is smarter and tougher than she lets on--and meets her match in Corky (Gina Gershon), the sexy, sapphic ex-con next door. Joe Pantoliano rounds out the impeccable cast as Ceasar, the brutish boyfriend and intended fall guy in Corky and Violet's eventual plan to steal the mob's money. Whether the plan works, and whether the two can trust each other enough to see it through, is played out perfectly in this sharp, satisfying neo-noir that pays tribute to the genre, while turning it on its head.
DIRECTOR: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Principal Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John Ryan
US Distributor: Universal Pictures