Video Review

Innocent Lies (1995)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Erotic, Mystery and Thriller; With: Stephen Dorff and Adrian Dunbar

If you're a video fan who's curious about other cultures, then you should check out Britain's idea of an erotic thriller. This means, of course, a period piece with beautiful lighting, in which kinky sex is represented by upper-class incest rather than sex therapists in leather jumpsuits. In Innocent Lies, Stephen Dorff stars (with an anachronistic slacker-style haircut) as a creepy 1938 rich kid whose sister's impending marriage coincides with a friend's suspicious suicide and his mother's murder. While a Scotland Yard inspector (the appealingly bewildered Adrian Dunbar) investigates (with his young daughter in tow!), assorted dark secrets emerge, filmed in a style that's far more ambitious and elegant than your average Shannon Tweed movie. B

Originally posted Nov 17, 1995 Published in issue #301 Nov 17, 1995 Order article reprints

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