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In this digitally shot feature from acclaimed director Wayne Wang) (The Joy Luck Club), the boundaries of sexual relations are put to the test by two individuals. Richard (Peter Sarsgaard) is a dot-com entrepreneur who, despite earning millions of dollars, feels little connection to the outside world. After frequenting a strip club, he offers Florence (Molly Parker), a sometime-stripper who also works as a drummer, $10,000 dollars to accompany him to Las Vegas for a short stay. She makes him a list of rules that must be followed: no kissing on the mouth, no penetration, and each will stay in separate bedrooms and only convene during the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Staying in adjoining rooms, they stick to the plan as laid out until they develop a fondness for each other -- still, Florence tries to maintain the order of their agreement. Despite Richard's declarations that he is in love with her, she is forced not to let herself get too involved, even when their sexual relationship begins to increase after the arrival of Florence's hooker friend Jerri (Carla Gugino), who after a brutal fight with a man, immerses herself in the sexual lives of Richard and Florence. The film also features Balthazar Getty and Shirley Knight in small supporting roles. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

  • Release date:April 20, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Molly Parker Best Actress 2001 Nominee

Crew

Wayne Wang
Director
Wayne Wang
Producer
Peter Newman
Producer
Siri Hustvedt
Screen Story
Wayne Wang
Screen Story
Paul Auster
Screen Story
Miranda July
Screen Story
Ellen Benjamin Wong
Screenwriter
Deva Anderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lee Percy
Editor
Donald Graham Burt
Production Designer
Diana Kunce
Art Director
Francey Grace
Co-producer
Heidi Levitt
Co-producer
Andrew Loo
Co-producer
Ira Deutchman
Executive Producer
Greg Johnson
Executive Producer
Lydia Simon
Set Designer
Lydia Simon
Set Decorator
Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell
Costume Designer
Jim Steube
Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan McGarry
First Assistant Director
Kris Nicolau
Casting
Heidi Levitt
Casting
Andrew Loo
Line Producer
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