Institute History

  • 1993 Directors Lab


Twisted begins with a murder. Anna Lovett, an architect, and Richard Carver, a plastic surgeon, have just finished their final supper. There's a tense silence in Anna's loft . . . a wailing siren outside . . . then, one of them is dead. But which one? They're both wearing white shirts and black pants, and all that's visible now is a bloody white shirt.

Jean, Anna's sister, knows what really happened. She's the one who tells the story of Anna and Carver's dangerous romance. Carver started as Anna's client, but he quickly seduced her. He was charming, persistent, and finally, irresistible. Anna fell into his arms knowing she had met her match—someone as determined, as intense, and as obsessed with detail as she was.

Jean tells this fatal love story to Diana, a black woman who may be a cop, a reporter, a lawyer, or some other official. She also tells the details to her boyfriend Steve, a vitamin salesman who never leaves his apartment. Steve is sexy and weird and always good for a worst case scenario.

Sometimes the story's funny, sometimes it's twisted, sometimes it's tragic. But Twisted is always about control and about what happens when you lose it. Anna and Carver are both detail maniacs who could go crazy over an imperfection. Match this passion for perfection with their passion for each other, and you've got a blueprint for murder.

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