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The Contortionist

The Contortionist

Released Oct 01st, 2003
Running Time 105
Director Henri Pachard
Company VCA Pictures
Cast Dru Berrymore, Anna Mills, Nick Manning, Herschel Savage, Gino Greco, Cameron Cain, Tony Tedeschi, Steve Hatcher, Honey (I), Layla Jade, Brooke Balentyne
Critical Rating AAAA
Genre Feature



Couples and the thoughtful. Cameron Cain fans will eat it up.


This story of a girl and the men in her life starts when Cameron Cain, disconsolate, tries to scatter her dead musician boyfriend's ashes from atop a building. Cop Herschel Savage stops her and takes her back to his place for a drink. While they talk, she says she betrayed the boyfriend with Savage: "The moment you touched me I forgot about him." After they fuck, Cain is smitten, telling bud Layla Jade about how he got her interested in guns and got her a job at a firing range, and how she's going to skiddero - "Skid Row?" Jade asks - to save somebody, just like Savage saved her.

Savage doesn't like it, though. He sends her packing, with the third bum this week, Gino Greco, who is a gambler. He teaches Cain gambling, and she gives up the day job - not remembering that the guy was a bum when she met him. She loses everything and turns her hand to hooking. She gets picked up by Steve Hatcher and Anna Mills, two tops in search of a bottom. She falls into it, and out, and starts robbing banks with Nick Manning. The firing range experience came in handy. Eventually he leaves her, and she realizes that she does not have to contort herself to suit the man she's with at the moment.

Interesting Raven Touchstone script (Pre-nom) enlivened by framing device with mimes in a bohemian nightclub narrating and acting out parts of the story. Master director Pachard, unsurprisingly, tells the story engagingly (Pre-nom) and gets good performances out of all his actors, including Cain (Pre-nom for Best Actress - Video) and Savage (Pre-nom for Best Supporting Actor - Video). Tech problems, mostly a poor sound mix that obscures some dialogue, drop this out of Editor's Choice territory, but earn it a solid Spot Pick.

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