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Mary Ann Robinson, a young woman living in The Bronx, New York, with her neurotic, overbearing mother and kindly but ineffectual stepfather, is raped while walking home one night. Keeping the attack to herself, Mary Ann runs away, seeking to lose herself in Manhattan by renting a seedy flat and taking a job in a dime store. Overwhelmed by people's hostility and her own despair, Mary Ann tries to jump off the Manhattan Bridge, only to be stopped by Mike, a garage mechanic who takes her back to his modest basement apartment nearby. At first appreciative of Mike's kindness, Mary Ann becomes terrified when he refuses to let her leave. Is Mike really Mary Ann's rescuer - or is he another rapist?Written by
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The movie's heart is in the right place—a rape victim's struggles with despair by communicating with another benighted soul. All in all, it's a grimly humane moral. Still, the narrative is a one-note story made more repetitive by a 2-hour runtime. Then too, I wish impresario Garfein hadn't piled the despair on with a shovel. This may be one of the gloomiest films I've seen. Nothing wrong with gloom as a topic since it's a natural part of life. But here the visuals are unrelievedly dour, while a stricken Mary Ann (Baker) wanders endlessly around the seediest parts of New York, that is, when not ensconced in rat-trap apartments. All in all, it's like rubbing your nose in the decay, long after we've gotten the idea.
This is an anti-Hollywood production in spades. Under husband Garfein's tutelage, movie star Baker is de-glamorized to a severe degree, though always well scrubbed in close-ups. So I guess its okay for a leading lady to be plain-faced, but never grimy, even in a "realistic" New York production. Baker does well enough in the acting department, though her lines are few and her lonely walks are many. Meeker too does well enough in a weirdly unexplained role as a down-scale working-stiff. However, unlike Baker's Mary Ann, Meeker's Mike comes across more like a plot contrivance than a real person, which appears to be the fault of the script.
Anyway, in my view, the film's strictly a matter of taste. Those willing to put up with the snail pacing and relentless gloom, may feel rewarded at the end. Certainly, we non-New Yorkers get a good view of street scenes, river walkways and city slums. Sort of a non-touristy tour. All in all, the film may have been neo-European cutting-edge for its time. But, to me, it now looks like well-meaning self-indulgence on Garfein's part that loses impact through sheer repetition..
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