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Twisted Obsession (1989)

El sueño del mono loco (original title)
American writer in Paris is hired to do a script for an edgy young director he can't stand. When he falls in love with the director's cold and manipulative pretty sister, his life starts to unravel and he realizes that he's been used.

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Fernando Trueba

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Christopher Frank (novel), Manolo Matji (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Daniel Gillis
Miranda Richardson ... Marilyn
Anémone ... Marianne
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Julien Legrand
Dexter Fletcher ... Malcolm Greene
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Jenny Greene
Jerome Natali Jerome Natali ... Danny
Asunción Balaguer ... Juana
Arielle Dombasle ... Marion Derain
Micky Sébastian Micky Sébastian ... Ariane
Laurent Moussard Laurent Moussard ... Student #1
Raúl López Cabello Raúl López Cabello ... Student #2
Xavier Maly ... Student #3
Yan Roussell Yan Roussell ... Taxi Driver
Daniel Grimm Daniel Grimm ... Marianne's Friend
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Storyline

Dan Gillis, an American screenwriter living in Paris, recently abandoned by his wife, and getting used to his new life as a bachelor while trying to take care of his son, Danny - is commissioned to write a script for a movie called "The Dream of the Mad Monkey". The offer comes from Legrand, a successful producer with whom he has worked in the past, but on this occasion he is being asked to write an unconventional story with Malcolm, a young and unknown film director. Dan is undecided about the offer, seeing it as far from the kind of work he has grown used to, but eventually agrees to do the job despite the reticence of Marilyn, his beautiful disabled agent. As he starts to work on the script, Dan allows himself to become immersed in the closed universe of potentially incestuous relations surrounding Malcolm and his beautiful but emotionally detached young sister Jenny. Dan becomes obsessed with mysterious Jenny and they soon become lovers in a not so conventional way. In his ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twisted Obsession See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

EL MONO LOCO
Music composed and directed by Antoine Duhamel
1989 Edition Sepam
Orchestra directed by Antoine Duhamel
Recorded by Igor Kirkwood in Madrid april 89 and mixed at Digipro (Paris)
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Not one redeeming feature!
2 November 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Twisted Obsession" is without doubt one of the worst movies that I've seen in a long, long, time. It's obviously an attempt to emulate the kind of movies that Alfred Hitchcock made (the musical score, for one thing, sounds very Bernard Herrmannesque), but it fails in every way you can think of. Jeff Goldblum, for one thing, is extremely miscast, sticking out like a sore thumb and not blending in with the scenery or other actors. Possibly his bad performance is due to the fact that the screenplay is a sorry mess - for much of the movie, NOTHING of serious consequence happens! Things start to happen towards the end, but they are muddled and confusing, so much so that I didn't know what to think when the end credits suddenly started to roll. If you are looking for a pointless way to waste 103 minutes, here's your movie.


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