Director Brian De Palma's eagerly awaited return to the psycho thriller genre that helped make him famous perfectly underscores the difference between plot and story in a film. "Story" refers to the events that occur, or are merely referred to, in a movie; "plot" refers to how these
events are arranged in the screenplay. De Palma also wrote RAISING CAIN, and its story, upon synopsizing, seems fairly straightforward.
Carter Nix (John Lithgow) is a child psychologist who's become obsessed with the rearing of his little daughter. To this end, he's adopted a stay-at-home lifestyle and even installed a video camera in the girl's room, the better to be able to check o...