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A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as this would go against all of the principles her father stood for, therefore she is convinced it was murder. She enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth. The truth, however, turns out to be both surprising and disturbing. Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
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I first saw this movie-a 16mm print- at the Auckland Grammar School film club in 1967, and it left an indelible impression on me: first-class performances by Stephen Boyd and Pamela Franklin; the black and white photography accentuated the 'brooding' atmosphere of the movie; the surprising twist with rising tension and panic near the end - all combine to make this a stand-out British thriller in the genre of 'The Wicker Man'. The last scene is very moving: condensation running down the window is symbolic of tears of despair, regret, remorse, inner turmoil and paradoxically - 'release'
A haunting (not in the horror sense) and unsettling film - a classic film noir.
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