Novelist Philip Roth wrapped all the great American tragedies race, sex, class tensions into one superbly snakey narrative. Writer Nicholas Meyer and director Robert Benton have made a sinuous adaptation of Roth's work, capturing his bleak, compelling irony with unforced perfection. The leading players Anthony Hopkins as a black professor pretending to be a white man, Nicole Kidman as a rich girl masquerading as trailer-park trash are only unlikely at first glance. They insinuate themselves into our grieving hearts with perfectly understated passion.
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