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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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First of three collaborations of director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas. The films [in order] were Bad Timing (1980), Eureka (1983) and Insignificance (1985). See more »

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Alex Linden: Everything you need, you'll get from her.
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I'll Be Seeing You
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Sung by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Commodore Records
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A Creepy, Riveting, Stunner!
11 February 2000 | by (Long Island City, NY) – See all my reviews

This film will always have a soft spot in my heart because it introduced me to Tom Waits' music. His song Invitation to the Blues brilliantly opens this unsettling story of a snobby professor's "ravishing" of a free spirit. I don't know why this film has never been released on video. My viewpoints of the characters has changed over the years in this complex film. Art Garfunkel's obsession with Theresa Russell feels more unnerving with each viewing. It's probably the first and only sort-of mainstream film to represent near-necrophilia. Harvey Keitel's strange motivation for wanting a confession out of Art seems more complicated as the film progresses. Theresa is brilliant in the female lead.


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