Cutting Moments

1997 / d. Douglas Buck
There’s a fine line that filmmakers walk when they seek to transcend the accepted levels of on-screen violence and embark in the dangerous realm of gore. When a film becomes excessively graphic, one of two things can happen: either the viewer becomes desensitized and leaves feeling unphased, or a lack of convincing special effects transforms the film into outright silliness, regardless of how serious the subject matter. CUTTING MOMENTS, however, fearlessly traverses the choppy waters of violent filmmaking, and creates an unforgettable portrait of domestic horror. Set against the backdrop of a quiet American neighbourhood, we are introduced to a loveless couple and their only child; a husband now indifferent to his wife, despite the affection they once shared at the onset of their marriage. The film explores the dramatic lengths that an individual will go to in order to regain their love’s attention, and the perverse sadism that can occur behind any closed door — even in quiet suburbia. CUTTING MOMENTS demands your attention, but be warned, it is not for the faint of heart: its stark imagery is not easily forgotten.