I saw it one evening when I happened to be scrolling through my cable provider’s movie offerings and, since I had heard of the film and of Cillian’s performance, I thought I would watch it.
One thing that struck me was how atypical the film was at covering certain elements. For one thing, Emma (his female alter ego) wore male underwear under her dress. The film also suggests that there was verbal and/or physical abuse behind John’s split personality; which is more or less convincing and is left largely unexplored.
Oddly no one was able to recognize John as Emma and, as real as Cillian looked in either gender, there was enough obvious resemblance there to have had someone at least scratching their heads.
Cillian Murphy is slight and almost pretty for a man so he passes quite easily as a woman. This aspect of the film is well done. But other aspects fall short and we are left wondering about several loose threads regarding the full history of John/Emma and how he comes to live his life in such a schizophrenic fashion.
Still, as a low budget art film it has its merits and I would recommend you view it given the opportunity.