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February 1st, 2018

Ripley's Game

Suspense thriller based on a Patricia Highsmith novel

Lavinia Cavani 2002, Italy, UK, USA, 110 mins.

John Malkovich stars in this episode fom the ignoble career of Tom Ripley. From the DVD case:

How do you turn an innocent man into a murderer? That's the diabolical game that Tom Ripley is playing in this sleek thriller. Three years after walking off with millions of dollars-worth of forged Renaissance drawings, Tom Ripley has settled into the life of a cultured grandee in Itlay.

One night, chancing to hear a remark disparaging his taste, Ripley fastnes his sights on the perpetrator: Jonathan Trevanny (Dougray Scott), a British picture-framer from the neighbouring village.

While an ordinary psychopath might settle for a mild act of retribution, the game Ripley devises is far subtler -- and infinitely more sinister. An unwelcome visit from a former criminal protegé (Ray Winstone) offers Ripley his chance for revenge.