Recent graduate Dr. Steve Livingston, a new arrival into a prominent Chicago psychotherapist firm, has undertaken a new patient named Tommy who has a troubled past. The new doctor is determined to understand and evaluate the patient's unpredictable and violent behavior. But throughout his examination, the doctor is experiencing problems of his own at home. Although recently engaged to his beautiful fiancée Lydia, Steve still has his own sexual tendencies towards women who appear unexpectedly in his life. Meanwhile, the patient's condition is getting worse - much more so than the doctor realizes. And a dangerous game is about to begin.Written by
Very well directed . . . clean, believable performances!
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15 FEBRUARY 2019 - REVIEW BY ROME PRISMA INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
Writing a psychological thriller is very complex, because aside from the artistic point of view you need to study the matter you are referring to scientifically, and to be precise and believable about it.
In this feature film shot in 16mm called "Dual Mania" by Joseph Strickland, a newly graduated doctor starts a job at a psychotherapist firm and starts talking to a new patient, a guy named Tommy, that will reveal during the film how its haunting past made him troubled, unpredictable and, most of all, dangerous.
It is a film that has a very simple but effective directing language that is at the service of the screenplay and often uses only one long take to frame a dialogue. It is very hard to judge its cinematography because the copy we had to review was a poor resolution one, but the scenes are lit with a tone we found proper. Above all others, this movie has two major values: its cast and actors, that are very well directed and offer a clean, believable performance - and above all others its protagonist - and the screenplay, which actually shows study and preparation on the subject.
As the plot unfolds we become more and more aware of how Tommy's past is still troubling him and changing him, and how the things he has in common with the doctor compromise their therapy and relationship up to the final revenge that the psycho takes on him.
We really found this movie to be a well-written story, with a lot of attention on the staging of the actors and a film language that is very delicate and never excessive.
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