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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When British Secret Service surveillance agent The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is assigned to monitor a suspected blackmailer, Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), his professional decisions are clouded by a growing obsession with his target, fuelled by recurring images of his lost daughter somehow linked to this beautiful woman. As he follows Joanna across America and through some chilling encounters, he starts to detach himself from his control (k.d. lang) at headquarters as he descends into an abyss of tormented feelings he can't fathom, ending up with Joanna at a place that seems like the end of the world.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The many strengths of Eye of the Beholder include the edgy mood and unpredictability of the action, and the internalisation of the psychological and emotional terrain through the effective soundtrack.

The star performances are riveting and Ewan McGregor's externally flat character is a challenge he meets rather well, building up a picture of this driven, sad and finally disturbed man. (All the same, an actor like Ray Liotta, or indeed, Russell Crowe, might have been more arresting...) His deep seated grief is echoed in Ashley Judd's equally driven and almost demented Joanna, the woman with whom he becomes obsessed. Judd manages the complexity of a psychologically disturbed woman with flashes of brilliance.

For a love story it's pretty bleak, and for a thriller it's pretty weird - and that's not to be taken as negative. The visual style also defies categorisation, taking fresh angles and unexpected framing as a tool for keeping us guessing.

If there's a weak spot it's in the story structure, which tackles the novel's time span with a few jumps that may be hard to catch; the time span in the final third takes a while to put in perspective, for example. Eye of the Beholder has lots of style and that key ingredient - individuality. If the ending leaves you in limbo, at least it avoids predictability. It's not a film for those who expect the expected.

Published August 25, 2005

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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: DVD (MA)
(US)

CAST: Ashley Judd, Ewan McGregor, Patrick Bergin, k.d. lang, Jason Priestley, Geneviéve Bujold

PRODUCER: Nicolas Clermont, Tony Smith

DIRECTOR: Stephan Elliott

SCRIPT: Stephan Elliot based on the novel by Marc Behm

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Guy Dufaux

EDITOR: Sue Blainey

MUSIC: Marius De Vries

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jean-Baptiste Tard

RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes

PRESENTATION: Full frame 4/3; subtitles for the hearing impaired; dolby 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: N/a

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 18, 2005







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