Martin, a PhD student in mathematics, enrolls at Oxford in the hope of meeting his mentor, Professor Seldom. The young man manages to find lodging at Mrs. Eagleton's but in this house a stifling atmosphere prevails due to the landlady's attitude. Indeed Mrs. Eagleton, who happens to be a friend of Seldom's, is a haughty and unsympathetic woman who also stifles her daughter Beth. At the university, things do not fare much better as Martin is put in his place by his idol during one of Seldom's lectures. But his private life changes for the best as he starts an affair with Lorna, a beautiful girl he met during a game of squash. One night Seldom and Martin who find themselves at Mrs. Eagletons's discover her dead body. They are interrogated by the police. Soon afterwards they decide to lead their own private investigation...
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images
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Did You Know?
Sir John Hurt and Elijah Wood have voiced, or appeared in The Lord of the Rings films. Sir John Hurt in The Lord of the Rings (1978), and Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. See more
(at around 20 mins) During the camera panning, when Martin is riding his bike and parks it by the fence and passes the tree, the camera cues anew. Martin's arm nearest the camera after he exits the tree does not match the way it was positioned when he entered behind the tree. See more
Of all the vast mountains of knowledge that as of yet you have not scaled, Martin, this slope is one of the most slippery. Be careful.
The background to the credits sequence is a representation of a blackboard full of equations and mathematical formulae. See more
Ricercar A 3
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Barthold Kuijen
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