Magazine article New Internationalist

Crush

Magazine article New Internationalist

Crush

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The title says it all: one of those crisp and teasing names that capture a slew of meanings in one syllable. Violent and passionate, the young New Zealander writer/director Maclean's idiosyncratic film debut wears the word well. Set in what seems to be an eternally gloomy city -- Rotorua is Aotearoa's geothermal hot spot and also a Maori sacred place -- Crush is immediately enveloped by a foreboding sense of oppressive instability. This is a place where the mud bubbles and the blood boils -- primeval, slippery and raw.

Against this backdrop, a sinister melodrama is played out when the alluring and reckless drifter Lane, played by the compulsively watchable Marcia Gay Harden, arrives from the US to disrupt the lives of those drawn to her. Travelling with her close friend, a literary critic on a visit to an author, Lane sets the ball of damnation rolling when she crashes the car and abandons her companion for dead. …

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