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Coming Apart (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 July 2004 (France)
Psychiatrist installs a concealed movie camera in his apartment to record the screwed-up lives of the women who visit him.

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Cast overview:
Rip Torn ... Joe
Sally Kirkland ... Joann
Robert Blankshine Robert Blankshine ... Sarabell
Darlene Cotton Darlene Cotton ... Sue
Phoebe Dorin ... Karen
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Julie
Lois Markle Lois Markle ... Elaine
Megan McCormick Megan McCormick ... Joy
Nancy MacKay Nancy MacKay ... Amy
Michael McGuire ... Ted
Kevin O'Connor Kevin O'Connor ... Armand
Jane Marla Robbins Jane Marla Robbins ... Lois
Lynn Swan Lynn Swan ... Anita
Joanna Vischer Joanna Vischer ... Marilyn
Viveca Lindfors ... Monica


Joe is a psychiatrist who puts a hidden camera behind his couch, facing a wall sized mirror in order to document a number of women who come and go. Obsessed with a former lover, Joe intends to perform and record an "experiment in contemporary sexual aberration." In the process, Joe documents his own mental breakdown as well as a number of sexually volatile encounters with the women who come to see him. Written by alfiehitchie

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1.66 : 1
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Joe: ...You're all tripped out. Speed freaks. You're screwy, Baby! Ever see the inside of a 24-hour cold capsule? That's what your chromosomes probably look like. If I knocked you up, you'd probably have a giraffe.
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Referenced in The City Below the Line (1999) See more »

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Good experimental filmmaking
14 August 2000 | by ebhSee all my reviews

Rip Torn is very good as Bill, a Psychiatrist whose life is literally "coming apart". And what's worse, he's filming it. Shot mostly from one static vantage point, the entire film takes place in a New York City high rise. We watch as Bill's life unfolds in front of us. His dysfunctional marriage, his trysts with women patients, and so on. Truly a fascinating little film, perhaps way before it's time, and unjustly ignored.

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