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A Dangerous Woman Review

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Martha Horgan is mentally slow. She lives with her aunt and can never tell a lie. She get's romantically involved with a handyman who is attracted to her naivety.

★★★★★

Debra Winger is so focused in her unnerving portrayal of a backward innocent whose compulsive honesty opens several cans of worms that she overshadows the other two sides of an unusual love triangle (Gabriel Byrne as a boozy, fitfully poetic handyman and Barbara Hershey as retarded Winger’s young aunt/guardian). Director Stephen Gyllenhaal gives the oddball drama atmosphere and claustrophobia, but the extremes of behaviour are presented too coldly to absorb, despite Winger’s extraordinary performance.

Affecting but uneven drama.

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