Our Rating: ★★★★½
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Great crime thriller/lesbian romance featuring a relationship between ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) and mob doll Violet (Jennifer Tilly).
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Year: 1996
Duration: 109 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni, Richard C. Sarafian, Mary Mara, Susie Bright

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BoundSome call it ‘cult,’ some ‘classic,’ but Bound is most likely destined to be both – a film made by a studio, released successfully in the mainstream, and featuring a sexy, positively portrayed lesbian couple in a crime thriller. The writing and directing team of the Wachowski brothers went on to make the mega-hit Matrix movies.

Corky (Gina Gershon, Prey for Rock & Roll, Palmetto, Showgirls, Rocked) is an ex-con hired to do maintenance work in an apartment building. Her tank tops show off the labris tattoo on her shoulder. Ultra-feminine Violet (Jennifer Tilly, Relax… It’s Just Sex, Embrace of the Vampire, ‘Out of Practice’) lives there with her boyfriend Caesar (Joe Pantoliano, Teresa’s Tattoo, Three of Hearts), a money launderer for the mob. For Violet, her life and sex with men is just her job, a way to make ends meet.

Violet quickly seduces Corky in more ways than one as her ticket out of the mob life. They become lovers, and Violet then convinces her to steal two million dollars, framing Caesar in the process.

Great suspense. Classic dramatic music. Quite a bit of mob violence and blood. Interesting camera angles and use of the camera. Nice erotic sex scenes, and the girls DO end up together in the end.

‘I have this image of you. Inside of me. Like a part of me.’ (AB)