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The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt. A police detective suspects foul play on the part of her lover, an American psychology professor. As doctors try to save her life, the detective interrogates the professor, and through flashbacks we see the events leading up to the woman's overdose; her stormy and intensely sexual relationship with the professor, her heavy drinking and numerous affairs, and her estrangement from her Czech husband. A darkly erotic study of several rather unsympathetic characters. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

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A possessive man . . . An independent lady . . . and a love that turns to tragedy. [Video Australia] See more »


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One of three Nicolas Roeg directed films that musician Jim O'Rourke has used its title as the name of an album. The movies include Eureka (2006), Bad Timing (1980) and Insignificance (1985). See more »

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The U.S. Army Medical Corps Lieutenant Colonel, presumably a psychologist, has a full beard. This is a willfully gross violation of the appearance regulation, in or out of uniform, most especially for a commissioned officer. The film is set in 1979 (year shown in an appointment book). In that era, and for some years surrounding 1979, U.S. Army personnel were not allowed to have beards in any manner, shape or form. Sideburns could not extend below the ear opening and mustaches, which were allowed, could not extend vertically below the upper edge of the upper lip, nor horizontally beyond the opening of the mouth, making them very modest looking. The only case-by-case waiver exceptions in this era were Chaplain Branch clergy of specific religions, such as Sikh, that required their clergy to have beards as an integral part of their religious belief; a Medical Corps psychologist didn't fall under this, regardless of his religious beliefs. See more »

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Milena Flaherty: You already know everything... you want everything, too.
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Nicolas Roeg delves into erotic obsession in this film, with surprising results…

His movie rates high in production value and acting and has an innovative approach to an old story…

The film is basically a character study… Alex (Art Garfunkel) is a depressingly dark and shadowy American psychoanalyst living in Vienna… Theresa Russell plays Milena, a resonant, carefree American girl… They meet by chance at a party and are thrown into a roller-coaster ride of an erotic relationship… He wants to smash her free spirit because he can't understand it, but she won't let him… The result is a near-fatal break-up…

Roeg comes close to the story from the middle (obeying Jean-Luc Godard's authoritative saying, a film "must have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order." We quickly move to the different parts of Alex and Milena's relationship, moving through time as if it were Jell-O. The editing is intricate, but not confusing… As we change location back and forth, we begin to see more clearly how these two unlikely lovers ever got together…

The motion picture is filled with exceptional images, and Theresa Russell is outstanding…


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