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Man Descending (1990)

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It's New Year's Eve. Ed is out of work, seeing himself as a man descending. He sees his wife Victoria as hopeful, still ascending. He thinks she may be carrying on with Howard, her ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Timm Zemanek ...
Ed
Melanie Scarr ...
Victoria
Damir Andrei ...
Howard
Judy Silver ...
Helen
Zahava Robins ...
Anne
John Boylan ...
Frank
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Jill (as Mary Daciuk)
Bernard Leman ...
Gord
David Watson ...
Calvin
Ian McPherson ...
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Benjamin Cinelli ...
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Patricia Cancilla ...
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Svend Sturup ...
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It's New Year's Eve. Ed is out of work, seeing himself as a man descending. He sees his wife Victoria as hopeful, still ascending. He thinks she may be carrying on with Howard, her psychologist. They get to the party, Ed drinks copious amounts of scotch as Victoria and Howard dance and then steal away. Ed makes off-putting remarks to others at the party, and, when his wife and the shrink return with a bag of ice after the stoke of twelve, Ed decides to pick a fight. What Victoria does in response brings in the new year. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[opening narration]
Ed: [sitting on a toilet, fully clothed, drinking Scotch whiskey] It's New Year's Eve, and I've been oiling myself all afternoon, in expectation of the party I'd rather not attend. Since Scotch is regarded as a fine social lubricant, I've attempted, to the best of my ability, to get lubricated. Somehow, I feel, it hasn't worked. Ever since I was sacked from my job in the china department at Eton's for habitual uncooperativeness, I've had the crazy feeling that my life is somehow ...
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You Treat Me So Bad
Written by C. Peterson and T. Thomson
Performed by Wild Blue Yonder
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