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The unsuccessful writer Stephen Byrne tries to force his servant Emily Gaunt sexually while his wife Marjorie Byrne is visiting a friend and accidentally strangles her. His crippled brother John Byrne coincidently comes to his house in that moment, and Stephen asks him to help to get rid of the corpse and avoid an scandal, since his wife would be pregnant. The naive and good John helps his brother to dump the body in the river nearby his house. Stephen uses the disappearance of Emily to blame her and promote his book. When the body is found by the police, all the evidences points to John, and he becomes the prime suspect of the murder.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The name of the river is never mentioned. See more »
Stephen... I can't go through with this.
You promised to stay up there.
Listen to me. The only thing to do is go to the police. Tell then exactly how it happened. It was an accident.
But, they'll never believe me. Even you don't believe me!
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Chilling and spellbinding, with supernatural elements which are so underplayed and low-key that you discount them until the end. Not to give anything away here, but if you watch this film - and you should - you'll be amazed as a denouement that anywhere else might seem hopelessly clichéd works here to the films advantage.
The bizarre love triangle of evil husband, faithful (and unsuspecting) wife, and his likewise faithful (yet secretly in love with her) brother does sometimes seems at odds with the eerie shots of the titular river, beautifully lit in black and white (which adds to the effect), but not to the detriment of the film.
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