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Shot in black-and-white, this neo-noir begins at its end, by asking the question: how is it we come to know who we are? Involving an unusual identity play, the film goes about answering its opening question through a fascinating meditation on race. When Vincent (played by white actor Michael Harris) reunites with his estranged and unknown half-brother Clay (played by black actor Dennis Haysbert), the film quickly establishes an interior logic whereby the two men appear identical within the boundaries of the film. Further complicating matters, when Vincent's botched attempt to murder Clay and pass off the body as his own leaves Clay with amnesia and in need of reconstructive plastic surgery, Clay emerges and assumes the identity of Vincent. Having his African-American lead join Clay's white, upwardly mobile world, director David Siegel plays on stereotypes with great success, calling into question not simply how we come to know who we are but how we come to know what we see. … More
as Clay Arlington
as Renee Descartes
as Dr. Max Shinoda
as Alice Jameson
as Vincent Towers
as Lt. Weismann
as Mrs. Lucerne
as Sidney Callahan
as Dr. Fuller
as Det. Joe
as Nurse Stevens
as Ticket Agent
as Nurse Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Suture
This stylishly elegant neo-noir, an impressive feature debut, reflects the directors' interest in issues of memory, identity, and racial biases and their background in art history.
Clever film that defies categorization. Black and white puzzler
Audience Reviews for Suture
A story of murder, amnesia, dreams, and mistaken identity well crafted, along with the stylish black and white cinematography. However, for this film to make the most sense, it would help if you pay no attention to these visuals, since some things may not make any sense. What could've played as a wonderful homage to Alfred Hitchcock thrillers instead turns out a film school graduate effort in cinematography. The plot is simple, but the actors and narrative are flawed. The film is sort of like a Boston album; technically it's great, but the music isn't very interesting.
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