Cutting Moments (1997)

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Genres: Drama, Family Drama, Horror, Psychological Drama, Social Problem Film
In the center of a monotonous suburban existence, Sarah lives silently and in subservience to her icy husband Patrick. They have been together far too long, and Patrick's affections for his wife have all but vanished. Instead, his sexual urges are tempting him to lust after their own son. Realizing how far gone her husband is, Sarah undertakes drastic, shockingly sickening measures to salvage some sense of her life and purge her years of festering resentment. --IMDb
Douglas Buck Douglas Buck
Nica Ray Nica Ray
Gary Betsworth Gary Betsworth
Jared Barsky Jared Barsky
Movie Connections:
Family Portraits: A Trilogy Of America
> Cutting Moments (1997)
> Home (1998)
> Prologue (2003)

5.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Added: February 16, 2005
Sarah and Patrick are a married couple with one kid, Joey. One morning while Patrick is trimming the hedges in the front yard, he notices Joey playing with some dolls. When he goes to see what he's up, he finds the dolls in a sexual position. He tells Joey to go inside because it's getting cold outside. Later that evening at the dinner table, Sarah tries talking with her son. He only gives out one word answers and then asks to be excused. He's permitted to do so. After he leaves to his room, Patrick reaches for a piece of bread and Sarah tries to hold his hand. He quickly pulls back and finishes eating his meal.

Later that night, Sarah overhears Patrick talking to Joey in more than a fatherly way. After hearing that, Sarah tries to gear his attention more towards her. She puts on some make-up and a nice red dress and stands in front of the baseball game Patrick is watching. He looks at her in disgust as she takes her leave. When she's taking off her lipstick, it's not all coming off on the towel. She looks below her and sees a brillo pad. She runs it across her lips without evening flinching. Still thinking lipstick is on her torn apart lips, she brings out a pair of scissors and cuts them off. She stands before Patrick once again. He now sees beauty in her once again.

Part one of three in the Family Portraits: A Trilogy Of America series. Cutting Moments is a look at how an ignored housewife will go through any amount of punishment to regain the relationship she had with the husband when they first got married. Also it shows what a parent can be driven to after they lose any sexual interest in their spouse. A very harsh look at reality, to say the least. The film succeeded in every field, especially the mutilation Sarah did to herself and the pain they brought on to each other at the end. Even though the lip cutting wasn't shown, Douglas Buck had an inventive way of filming it so that the viewer would still experience the pain she was going through.

The scissor blades would be getting ready to cut a piece of the lip, it would then show the back view of her pushing down on the scissors. After a loud closing noise, tons of blood would spill on the floor, then her chest. Then it would show the front of her face once again and a piece of the lip falling off of the blade. The end result was very intense. The brillo pad scene was also very harsh. She started rubbing it across her lips slowly, then speeded up the process more and more. The sound of it all and the blood dropping on the floor was very realistic. This is one very unique film.

Final Conclusion: 9/10
Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #1: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 04/19/2007, 08:16 AM
The depiction of a disconnected relationship shown in this short is so harrowing. The mood exercised is enough to make you cringe even before the mutilation scenes occur.
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