The Last Seduction
Drama | English | 110 minutes
Clay Gregory, a medical student heavily in debt to loan sharks, arranges to sell stolen pharmaceutical drugs for $700,000. But his conniving wife, Bridget, steals the money while Clay is taking a shower and drives away, stopping at a small town near Buffalo, New York. At the local bar she meets Mike Swale, a local recovering from a broken marriage. They begin a torrid affair. Bridget changes her name and gets a job at an insurance company that also employs Mike. While on the job, Mike, a claims adjuster, reveals to Bridget how he can find out if a man is cheating on his wife by reading his credit card statements. With this in mind, Bridget suggests that wives would pay someone to kill their cheating husbands. Although Mike is appalled by the sociopathic side of Bridget, she manipulates him to kill Clay for a bundle of money. Mike is an innocent, naive country boy. Will the evil Bridget be his undoing?
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 85%
- New York Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Linda Fiorentino)
- Directors Guild of America: Winner, Best Directorial Achievement (John Dahl)
- Film Independent Spirit Awards: Winner, Best Female Lead (Linda Fiorentino)
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John Dahl is reviving film noir by taking its moral undercurrents seriously, not its conventions. He knows that however you want to describe film noir, it’s certainly about two things: how bad people can be. and how good they can look. Dahl doesn’t try to seduce the audience so much as invite it to observe the mechanics of seduction as both enticing and absurd.
Both Mr. Dahl, who directs this film with stunning economy, and Ms. Fiorentino, whose performance is flawlessly hard-boiled, exult in the sheer wickedness of Bridget’s character. What makes this easy to do are Bridget’s stony seductiveness and her spellbinding talent for getting exactly what she wants.
Linda Fiorentino seems to enjoy the freedom a script like THE LAST SEDUCTION gives her, and the result is a movie that is not only ingenious and entertaining, but liberating, because we can sense the story isn’t going to be twisted into conformity with some stupid formula.
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