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This punishing film by Johan Renck is about an unhappy wife (Maria Bello) who leaves her brutish husband (Rufus Sewell) and arranges for an online hookup (Jason Patric) to have herself killed. With shades of Muriel Spark's The Driver's Seat, this bummer of a film pulsates with such astoundingly great performances you can't look away. Sewell is bulked-up and hateful as the abusive mate, while Patric is moody and surprisingly sympathetic as the lover-killer. But Bello's performance is revelatory.

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