Sunday, July 19, 2009

Intersection (1994) [R] ***

Richard Gere is perfectly cast as Vincent Eastman, 42-year-old Vancouver, B.C. celebrity architect. Vincent is an impulsive, self-indulgent, indecisive, forgetful, egotistical prima donna, whose success is mainly the result of his business partnership with his frigid, controlling wife Sally (Sharon Stone). Sally provides the structure and the stability in their corporate marriage with a child. She also has the architectural client list provided her wealthy father Neal (Martin Landau). Now after 16 years of marriage, Sally's personality bores Vincent; he is having a mid-life crisis and believes he has found the fire and sexual compatibility he's been craving, in red-haired, free-spirited Vancouver journalist Olivia Marshak (Lolita Davidovich). Vincent is torn between Sally and Olivia, torn between his responsibility to Sally and their teenage daughter Meaghan (Jennifer Morrison), and his desire to immerse himself in the passion and freedom of his new relationship with Olivia. And how will it end? Regardless of his choice, someone will be hurt.

This is a classic story – the love triangle with the tragic ending – and in order for it to work, we have to believe in the three characters, so we care about what happens to them. Unfortunately, there is nothing exceptional about the screenplay, direction, production values or the acting, and, as a result, the film critics were not kind to this motion picture. In addition, Intersection is a remake of a critically acclaimed 1970 French film Les choses de la vie (The Things of Life), and this remake suffers by comparison. Regardless, fans of Gere, Stone and Davidovich will very likely be satisfied with this film.

Labels: drama, romance, tragedy
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Tomatometer (critics=7, viewers=41)