Cheap Frills

A rogue cop's tussle with the Mob is an exercise in soft porn

Mone Demarkov (Lena Olin) displays a fetching array of frilly panties, garter belts, stocking tops and high heels in Romeo Is Bleeding. The sensible viewer may wonder if this is quite the right wardrobe for a woman in her line of work, which happens to be hit person for the Mob. Perhaps sturdy wool slacks and a pair of cross-trainers might be more appropriate.

But practical considerations are of no account in movies like this, which never bear the slightest resemblance to any known reality. Ostensibly this one is about Jack (Gary Oldman), a rogue cop with a nice wife (Annabella...

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