The Monkey's Mask (2001)

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A female detective discovers the dark side of the world of contemporary literature in this unusual thriller from Australia. Mickey (Abbie Cornish) is a brash young female poet who is gaining a potent reputation for her powerful verse about love and sex. When she suddenly disappears, private detective Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter) is hired to help find her. Jill doesn't know much about poetry, so she starts her investigation by tracking down Mickey's teacher and mentor, Diana (Kelly McGillis), to learn more about Mickey and the circles in which she traveled. Jill is a lesbian, and quickly finds herself strongly attracted to Diana; though Diana is married to Nick (Marton Csokas), she finds herself equally infatuated with Jill, and the two are soon having an affair. When Mickey is found murdered, her parents ask Jill to step up the investigation, and Jill digs deeper into the facts of Mickey's life -- learning the young woman was willing to sleep with nearly anyone who could advance her career. She also discovers that the two older male poets with whom Mickey had become involved are not at all eager to answer questions about her disappearance. The Monkey's Mask is based on a mystery novel written in verse form by Dorothy Porter; the novel became an international bestseller and the biggest-selling book of poetry published in Australia since World War II .
Rating:
R (strong sexual content)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Susie Porter
as Jill Fitzpatrick
Kelly McGillis
as Prof. Diana Maitland
Marton Csokas
as Nick Maitland
Abbie Cornish
as Mickey Norris
William Zappa
as Det. Sgt. Wesley
Jean-Pierre Mignon
as Tony Brach
Jim Holt
as Bill McDonald
Jean-Pierre Magnon
as Tony Brach
Caroline Gillmer
as Barbara Brach
John Noble
as Mr. Norris
Linden Wilkinson
as Mrs. Norris
Annie Jones
as Evelyn McDonald
Chris Haywood
as Dad Fitzpatrick
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Critic Reviews for The Monkey's Mask

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

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Full Review… | June 4, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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An uneasy mix of tired detective-movie clichés and low-key arty pretension.

June 14, 2002
Houston Chronicle
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Wary, conflicted, gutsy, and simpatico, [Lang'd] make a fine series character.

December 14, 2001
Boston Globe
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Emphasizes sex at the expense of mystery.

December 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The sex scenes between the women do little to advance the story, but they blessedly distract both Jill and the viewer from the thin narrative.

Full Review… | October 18, 2001
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Monkey's Mask

Echos the traditions of a film noir. Susie Porter plays private investigator Jill Fitzpatrick hired to find clues to the murder of a young girl who(at the time) went to poetry sessions. Porter's character falls in love with a suspect (Kelly McGillis) who happens to be a teacher of poetry. The film has a decent amount of titilation but the narrative stays together and I really admired Susie Porter's performance. "The Monkey's Mask" sort of drags and sometimes the film does feel like it wants to focus more on titilation rather then the heart of the story and it's characters. Nonetheless, TM'sM is not a long film and goes by fast, it's shot really well and for what it's worth, kept me somewhat interested.

Brian R
Brian R

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½

Can you believe this movie isn't available on netflix? The acting is fantastic! Susie Porter and Kellie McGillis have sex in this movie.

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½

The plot itself isn't really strong enough to stand alone. And that leaves the film an essentially conventional whodunit, if one with a rather unconventional sleuth at its center.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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