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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.

Director:

Fernando Trueba

Writers:

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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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:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Intelligent, and fascinating
19 September 2004 | by theodorbjorkSee all my reviews

The plot: Writer, Dan Gillis, is hired to write a script for a money obsessed producer and a half-crazed director (and subsequently his sister) He soon realizes something is wrong, and that this film should not have been written. This leads to a confusing, and enigmatic journey trough the dark alleys of Paris. Greed, lust and insanity shows itself at very corner, and the movie becomes more about anything else than the movie itself. We never actually see the movie, and with good reason, instead we are left with an idea of a; half-pornographic, psychotic and depressing storyline. But, as many got wrong, it's not about the movies, the film is about people, their greed, lust and insanity, their madness and they way nothing is as it seems. Beware! It's one of those films where you can't trust anybody (except Jeff of course)

I can't see how nobody likes this. Obviously if you are looking for Die Hard or a commercial action thriller you ARE going to be let down. This is nothing of the sort. It's an: intelligent, fascinating, psychotic, confusing, disturbing and utmost bizarre story. Then again isn't life all those things?

The film is wonderfully executed, with fascinating shots and angels. If I would complain about anything it's the quality of film, and the fact that 90% of all scenes are faded out, which gives it an amateurish feel. But maybe that's what they wanted.

This is a different movie, an almost neorealistic movie, it's a masterpiece of writing, and the acting is superb.

I suggest you set of one evening to see this film. Preferably a dark a rainy night, cause this will scare the living daylight out of you.

One thing a commenter commented was: it constantly leads to something and then stops. Some may not like this, I thought it was incredible. It's slightly Wagnerian! (Lot's of huffs and puffs, lots of build up, and never any release, never any release of the climax, it just lingers in the air until it fades away.)

If you like realistic yet bizarre films, if you like a great story see this!


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