School teacher Chris Bevan is a dutiful husband to his dull wife, Josie, and ingrate daughters. His best friend knows Chris' heart always belonged to Marian, his vibrant, flippant fiancée, ... See full summary »
School teacher Chris Bevan is a dutiful husband to his dull wife, Josie, and ingrate daughters. His best friend knows Chris' heart always belonged to Marian, his vibrant, flippant fiancée, who mysteriously disappeared years ago. Suddenly he sees her in a shop and can't help following her. He gives up as she has a new identity, as wife of plumber Bernie Sullivan. Bernie's real passion is Houdini-era 'real' magic, while in fact she's his terrified captive, forced to replace his late assistant. Furthermore one of Bevan's daughters has a phone-relationship he forbids, deeming it dangerous on principle, ignoring this is real and ties in to Marian's plight. Written by
Have to say, I'm pretty fearless when it comes to film and telly viewing, and am anything but a prude, but I seem to be sensing a trend in much of the Brit programming that pops up in their Crimes of Passion Monday night library.
I found this "Marian" thing to verge on sadistic perversion for most of the way. Is this really what passes for "entertainment" these days? Unremitting sadism and corruption for three hours with a 60-second reprieve at the very end, just to put things right? I'm sorry, but two night's worth of atrocities does not find any kind of redemption with a minute of comeuppance at the conclusion.
At least with an old fashion slasher horror film, you know what you're getting into. Again, after a hard day of making a living, is this really what Brits look forward to as escapism...torture and sadism dressed up as "based on a true story?" Yuck.
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