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Picture Claire (2001)

Picture Claire (2001)





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Canadian cult director Bruce McDonald spins this slick noir-thriller about an innocent outsider caught up in the gritty underworld of Toronto. After narrowly escaping her East End Montréal apartment getting torched by a sadistic motorcycle gang, Claire (Juliette Lewis) flees for Toronto where she believes her long lost lover Billy can help her out. Unfortunately, she knows no one else in the city, since Billy is no where to be found, and she does not speak a word of English. She soon encounters sleazy gangster Eddie (Mickey Rourke) and his tough-as-nails moll, Lily (Gina Gershon), who try to draw her into their sleazy business manners. When one of the deals turns ugly, Claire is forced to flee for her life into the heart of the city. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Juliette Lewis
as Claire Beaucage
Gina Gershon
as Lily Warden
Tracy Wright
as Det. Sweeney
Raoul Bhaneja
as Det. Lee
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Critic Reviews for Picture Claire

All Critics (4)

Bruce McDonald directs a mostly American cast in a staunch Toronto film.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

discrepancy between the near-comedic plot and its bloody, naturalistic resolution dooms PICTURE CLAIRE

Full Review… | September 17, 2005
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Lacks believability.

Full Review… | August 4, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Picture Claire


Discrepancy between the near-comedic plot and its bloody, naturalistic resolution dooms PICTURE CLAIRE.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Gritty and atmospheric, Picture Claire is a dark noir thriller. The story follows a girl who goes on the run after her apartment is burned down, but when she accidentally crosses paths with a smuggler she ends up being pursued by police and gangsters. The film has an interesting cast that features Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Mickey Rourke, and Callum Keith Rennie. And the directing style is quite unusual, using split screens and different color filters. However, the storytelling is extremely poor, as is the character development. While there's some mystery and intrigue to Picture Claire, ultimately it ends up being rather mundane.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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I don't want to hear one more word about her Claire Beaucage is alone and in love. She ventures off to Toronto to find the man of her life and discovers he's not who she thought he was. She has no place to go and no one to go to when somehow she becomes entangled in a triangle of lies, deceit, robbery, and murder. Can Claire unwind herself from the confusion and perhaps rediscover true love? "I bet she hates that...having her picture taken." Bruce McDonald, director of Pontypool, The Dark Room, Trigger, Highway 61, and Roadkill, delivers Picture Claire. The storyline for this picture is discombobulated, hard to follow, and not particularly interesting. The acting is mediocre and the cast includes Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Peter Stebbings, Callum Keith Rennie, and Mickey Rourke. "Keep talking until you bore them." Picture Claire is a movie that grabbed my attention because it "starred" Mickey Rourke; unfortunately, while his character was interesting, he was only in this picture 5-10 minutes. This movie reminded me of Run, Lola, Run which was also a dreadful movie with a limited plot. Overall, this film doesn't contain characters worth following and concludes with a whimper rather than a fireworks finale as one may anticipate. "Heading back to Montreal, Cinderella?" Grade: D-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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