J.R. Taylor
November 17, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Innocent Lies

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Stephen Dorff, Adrian Dunbar, Gabrielle Anwar, Keira Knightley, Joanna Lumley
director
Patrick Dewolf
genre
Erotic, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B

If you’re a video fan who’s curious about other cultures, then you should check out Britain’s idea of an erotic thriller. This means, of course, a period piece with beautiful lighting, in which kinky sex is represented by upper-class incest rather than sex therapists in leather jumpsuits. In Innocent Lies, Stephen Dorff stars (with an anachronistic slacker-style haircut) as a creepy 1938 rich kid whose sister’s impending marriage coincides with a friend’s suspicious suicide and his mother’s murder. While a Scotland Yard inspector (the appealingly bewildered Adrian Dunbar) investigates (with his young daughter in tow!), assorted dark secrets emerge, filmed in a style that’s far more ambitious and elegant than your average Shannon Tweed movie. B

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