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Synopsis

Crush is a tale of simmering sexuality set in Rotorua. Moral or sexual ambiguity pervades the narrative of conflicted desire. Its mix of blocked-up writer, spurting mud-pools, infatuated teen, eel farm, American femme fatale (Marcia Gay Harden), noir motels, limp Pongas, twisted metal and wheelchairs, plays out in a symbolic NZ landscape not seen before (or since). Director Alison Maclean's debut feature (co-written with Anne Kennedy, produced by Bridget Ikin) played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Background

A Perspective by Catherine Bisley 19.10.2008

In the darkly humorous Crush, the debut feature of Alison Maclean, Marcia Gay Harden (fresh from the Coen Brothers' gangster flick Miller's Crossing) plays Lane, a sexually ...

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Quotes

... a scary fairy tale about primal, warring female energies ... as the film's nominal femme fatale, Lane (Marcia Gay Harden) doesn't pack a gun as much as an attitude — mocking, predatory, carnal, malign — that makes you speculate what chronic neurosis is impelling her, though you also like her for the way her wildness exposes the other adults' intellectual pretensions. 
Definitely not a love story. 
Alison Maclean's piercing first feature, deals with many themes Maclean explored in her prize-winning short. Kitchen Sink. Highlighted by Dion Beebe's eerie, yet beautiful, photography, the world of Crush is a paradise that reeks of danger. 

Awards

Festivals include
1993 Sundance, 1992 Cannes (in competition), 1992 Toronto Festival of Festivals, London, Puerto Rico, Sydney, Cambridge