Indiscretion (2016 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
In director John Stewart Muller’s steamy and stylish psychological thriller, Mira Sorvino stars as Veronica, a politician’s wife. The brief affair with a troubled young artist of the latter comes back to haunt her when he begins to infiltrate every part of her life. While her husband and daughter are away, New Orleans psychiatrist Veronica Simon enjoys a weekend fling with Victor (Christopher Backus), an alluring young sculptor. But after Veronica calls off the affair, Victor refuses to let go and will stop at nothing to have Veronica for himself. Just how far will Victor go to get what he wants, and is there anything Veronica can do to stop his mad obsession before it destroys her family?
Veronica is in therapy or maybe a television interview, talking about past trauma and forgiveness. She is married to a man named Jake and has a teenage daughter named Lizzy. Jake is a republican running for a Louisiana Senate seat. Rumors of an affair surround his campaign.
At a charity event, Veronica meets a “handsome” artist named Victor. They flirt, and she seriously considers cheating on Cary Elwes. (He is so hot. I can’t even imagine letting him go.) Jake is so preoccupied with work that he doesn’t even see Veronica. She comes onto him in bed, and James rejects her. Then he leaves town for a work event leaving Veronica to have a fling with the artist victor. (Insert grimy sex scene here.) Victor takes polaroid pictures of Veronica while she sleeps. (Creepy. Will she be the subject of his next art installment?)
Veronica calls her husband and acts like everything is fine the next day, even though she feels guilty. Victor calls Veronica and takes her to a warehouse to look at Mardi Gras floats. They walk around, and Veronica hides and pops out as a joke. Victor punches her in the face. Then, they have sex. This affair is fucked up. Veronica breaks things off with Victor and her goods off the deep end.
While Veronica breaks things off with Victor, she neglects her daughter, who is wandering the streets looking for a ride home. Lizzy doesn’t seem to think she is vulnerable to creeps even though her father is a high profile and controversial political figure.
Jake wants to bring his family together and buys a boat. He plans to take his family sailing after the election. Veronica is distant because she is continuing to have her affair with Victor. Jake almost catches them having sex in her office. Victor gets off on the drama and is possessive and violent with Veronica. Veronica attempts to set boundaries, but they just end up screaming and having more sex. (I have to say, it is the most unsexy sex ever.)
Veronica realizes that she might be in over her head and talk to Victor’s therapist, who also happens to be a friend. The therapist tells Veronica to stop seeing Victor immediately. That isn’t going to be easy because Victor befriends Jake at a shooting range and offers to give Lizzie art lessons.
In a parking garage, Veronica is attacked by Victor, and she screams for help. I think he steals her car? Then he stalks her at a masquerade. The polaroids resurface, and I first Veronica thinks they are hers but realize they are her daughter, sending Veronica into a rage. She breaks into Victor’s studio and smashes everything. Including Victor’s face.
Jake leaves for a hunting trip with some of his political friends and invites Victor to join him. Jake is left alone with Victor on a bridge and asks if Jake cheated on Veronica. They find a deer in the woods and while Jake takes his shot, so does Victor pointing his shotgun at Jake. Veronica runs through the woods and screams for her husband to be careful.
Victor forces Veronica to admit the affair to her husband. The men fight, and Victor beats the crap out of James. Veronica grabs a shotgun and plans to kill Victor and make it look like a hunting accident. Victor gets away. Usually, this is where the movie would end, but there are another 20 mins.
James and Veronica drive back to their home and try to warn Lizzie about Victor. Victor gets there first and holds Lizzy at knifepoint. He kills James with a shotgun, leaving Veronica to save her daughter. She uses her therapist skills and convinces him that she loves him. Lizzy grabs the gun and shoots Victor in the stomach.
The conversation turns out to be a television program that Victor is watching on TV from prison. Victoria visits him in prison, and he realizes that she set him up to get rid of her husband. Meh, okay!
Minority Report: Karen
This film was a waste of qualified leads on this basic Lifetime movie.
🔪🔪 (2 Knives)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2016 Lifetime
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