(out of 5)
Smarmy film by Lynne Stopkewich (her directorial debut) about a necrophiliac woman (Molly Parker) who spends her evenings making love to the various cadavers that inhabit the funeral home she works at as an apprentice embalmer. Sound like something you’d never be able to watch? Funny enough, it’s not as revolting as it sounds. Stopkewich makes the smart decision not to sensationalize the subject matter, instead portraying a woman who needs the ultimate control over her relationships and uses her clients as a tool to achieve that. Peter Outerbridge shows up as a love interest who offers Parker the opportunity to indulge in a real relationship, until he realizes that he’s no match for the totally vulnerable sexual partners she prefers. The film is well acted and photographed, but eventually so very tame and mature in the way that it deals with its subject that you wish it would shake you up enough to like it more.
Directed by Lynne Stopkewich
Cinematography by Gregory Middleton
Produced by Dean English, Lynne Stopkewich
Music by Don MacDonald
Production Design by Eric McNab
Costume Design by Barb Nixon