To appreciate the complexity and uniqueness of SWEETIE, Jane Campion's remarkably assured first feature, try to imagine Roman Polanski's REPULSION reworked as a romantic comedy or Brian De Palma's SISTERS refashioned as a farce.
Kay (Karen Colston) is a gaunt, withdrawn young woman whose life is ruled by superstition. A control freak, she fervidly accepts a fortune teller's prediction that she'll meet a man with a question mark on his forehead and promptly steals a coworker's fiance (Tom Lycos) who fits the bill: he
sports a wayward curl of hair over a beauty mark. For a while, the uptight woman relaxes, but her phobic behavior is never completely overcome. When...