Completed As Well As Might Be Expected, When Taking Into Account Its Brevity, And Overmuch Cutting.
A largely English-made piece, this short (24 min.) segment taken from the second "Hunger" television series, and having expectedly minimal production values and budget in obvious evidence, is yet burnished by several top-level contributions from crew members, enough in fact to make it easy watching throughout, despite a pale rendering of its source, a short story by Cornell Woolrich: " "I'm Dangerous Tonight", a tale frequently anthologized in print as well as being refashioned through cinema. Ragged cutting and other editing flaws enervate a plot line that opens confusingly, only working up a head of steam when the female lead (Sabrina Boudot) receives a gift of a red designer gown from her husband, and after a viewer will have learned that this garment apparently possesses within its threads a form of mystical power that impels its wearer into committing bold acts of sexual aggression and of physical savagery. There is more style than substance here, appropriate considering the work's allocated length, with production designer Sylvain Gingras actually being the star of the affair, although veteran Lawrence Dane is a welcome and effective addition to the cast in a supporting role, in clear contrast to the overly emotive Boudot, raimented in the crimson dress for this Canadian grounded item. The prevailing series themes touching upon schizophrenia and sexual delusion are at hand, but do not much flavour a routine film that ultimately shows only a minute bond with the potent Woolrich original.
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