Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Complex murder mystery in which a woman is manipulated into having sex with another woman, with photos as blackmail material.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 107 min
Language: Canada, UK/English
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Atom Egoyan, Rupert Holmes
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman

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Where the Truth Lies

This complex murder mystery was nominated for a Cannes Film Festival award, yet it includes a few somewhat trashy sex scenes that win it a summary on this site.

Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) are a comedy duo on top of the world in the 1950s. Although they have alibis, a young woman mysteriously turns up dead in their hotel suite, and the two break up their successful team without a word to the press about what really happened.

In 1972, enter Karen O’Connor (Alison Lohman), a journalist who lands a book deal to tell the real story of the incident and the men who were once such close friends. What she finds is that behind closed doors, they lived the high life of booze, pills and women. In flashback, we see Lanny enjoying the threesome company of two hookers.

Ferreting out the truth is no easy task, and what Karen didn’t count on was being manipulated by Vince. One night at his home, she finds herself making love with another woman while he secretly takes photos. Vince plans on this as his insurance policy so that no one finds out that he might swing both ways himself.

Karen does eventually figure out the story of the murdered woman, and the end will surprise you. (AB)