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This contemporary film noir is an international endeavor with key creative forces hailing from China, Germany, and the United States. It is based on the Chinese novel Yoban shi huoyan she hai shu (Fire and Ice) by subversive writer [[Performer~P194452~Wang Shuo~wangshuo]], who has been called a "corruptor of youth" by critics in his native land. German screenwriter/director [[Performer~P231787~Peter Sehr~petersehr]] fell in love with the novel and chose to adapt it as a film set in New York City. For [[Performer~P231787~Sehr~petersehr]], the location best represents a contrast of "people and light" that compliments the film's subject matter, a dark love story between a brilliant biology student and a master swindler. Claire is a good girl living a mundane lifestyle until she meets literature-quoting con man, Jack. Although Jack normally despises relationships, he's attracted to Claire's innocence and allows a romance to blossom. But when a detective begins closing in on a his latest caper, he's forced to give Claire the cold shoulder. Heartbroken, Claire starts down a spiraling road of self-destruction that's often painful to watch. Performance highlights are [[Performer~P8639~Adrien Brody~adrienbrody]] as Jack, and [[Performer~P28768~Pam Grier~pamgrier]] in a tough-lady role reminiscent of [[Feature~V158843~Jackie Brown~jackiebrown]]. ~ Connor McMadden, Rovi

  • Release date:June 6, 2003

Cast

Adrien Brody
as Jack Grace
Charlotte Ayanna
as Claire
Jon Seda
as Charlie
August Diehl
as Jeff
Pam Grier
as Linda Fox
Katherine Moennig
as Debbie
Francisco Lorite
as Barry
Joey Kern
as Fitzgerald
Michaela Conlin
as Cara

Crew

Peter Sehr
Director
Wolfram Tichy
Producer
Peter Sehr
Screenwriter
Wang Shuo
Book Author
Marie Noelle
Screenwriter
Darien Dahoud
Composer (Music Score)
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