Thanks for hopping in on the discussion!
I've read the book too, which I also loved. While I remember thinking the movie was a very faithful adaptation of the book, at the end of the day they are two different things, and I wouldn't want to refer to them as the same.
That being said ...
I'm with you there.
When I re-watched the film, I think there's a good argument to made for Jack Crawford as hand-off IC. Especially the scene where he writes her off in front of that whole local police force as "the woman".
Going off what @lakis said, would Clarice be so quick to assume the worst and jump to conclusions is she wasn't a woman in a male dominated field? If she was a man among men would she have the same attitude? Would people treat her the same or differently?
Likewise, does Hannibal's influence on Clarice come from his being a prisoner? Is that a challenge to her perspective on the world? To me, it's more that he's forcing her to look inward to things she'd rather forget or put behind her. He is a psychiatrist, after all.
Maybe the best way to think of this is Clarice's wanting to put her past (her father dying, her time as an orphan, the summer with the lambs, etc.) behind her. As an opposing viewpoint "Memories are what I have instead of a view". All Hannibal has are memories. His own, and then later, Clarice's. She pushes outward to try to silence her demons, he looks inward to find some solace.
If she has a chip on her shoulder (Growth: Stop) and the OS is in Physics, then she has to be in Universe. I think she's definitely holding out for something to stop.
If I remember right, the endings are different enough that it might change the storyform. I'd be curious what other differences you find!
I'm not necessarily, either. I hope I'm wrong because it would probably be a mind-blowing learning moment for me. I am feeling more confident about the domains the more I explain my position though.