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After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Richard
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Natalie Bryant
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Colin
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Jessica
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Paula
Karen Knight ...
Philippa
Niall Buggy ...
Geof
Campbell Morrison ...
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Annie Hayes ...
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Helen FitzGerald ...
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Christopher Barr ...
Noley
Gordon Salkilld ...
Hotel Porter
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After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. Their private intensity (& working class origins) contrast with the middle-class, inhibited, stuffy public scenes we see in the Richmond world into which Natalie has moved with her marriage. As the guilt and intensity of the siblings increases we seem to be heading for disaster, especially when Natalie's husband Sinclair finds out. Written by Moray McConnachie <cerberus@ermine.ox.ac.uk>

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There are some relationships so taboo they're irresistible.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Com os Olhos Fechados  »

Box Office

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$135,893 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Alan Rickman gets top billing on the credits and on the poster, despite not getting nearly as much screentime as Clive Owen, possibly because Rickman was known more to international audiences, due to his roles in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). See more »

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When Natalie and Richard are fighting on the country lane, there is a rip in the right shoulder of her jacket. When they get back to the party, the rip has gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Natalie: You're late.
Richard: Sorry, it was unavoidable, trains on Sunday, you know what they're like.
Natalie: Unavoidable? I don't believe it. I've eaten all the food.
Richard: You've eaten all the food? Now that's serious.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Bianca
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Music by Dick Walter
KPM Music Ltd
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Well worth seeing
27 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film is an expanded and improved rewrite of Poliakoff's early play Hitting Town. I have always found Poliakoff's plays filmic; this reworking on film is more interesting than the play, although the starkness of the incest in Hitting Town was probably more shocking, and the 1970's UK audience was probably more susceptible to shock.

Three great performances in this film - Saskia Reeves, Clive Owens and Alan Rickman.

Poliakoff has a great knack of mixing the profound, the profane and the mundane. One telling scene in Richard's flat has Richard and Natalie agonising over their tryst, then making love, while in the background a rain-affected test match (cricket) fails to happen and then starts to happen again. Unforgettable symbolism - Bergman would have used it if only the Swedes played cricket.

This film is well worth seeing.


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