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  • Summary: The theatrical release of a 1978 BBC film starring Jeremy Irons and Judi Dench in a Harold Pinter adaptation of an Aidan Higgins novel -- the story of a lonely single woman, of gone-to-seed aristocratic origins, who throws herself into a passionate love affair with an unscrupulous intellectual living on her property. (Film Forum) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Pinter's screenplay offers an exciting mixture of psychological suspense and storytelling surprise, and the lead performances are close to flawless.
  2. 80
    Despite his (Jeremy Irons) showboating turn and Dench's lascivious energy, it's Annette Crosbie, in her quiet way, who gives the most commanding performance, as the sister who sees all too clearly what's coming.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A rare treat — catch it while you can.
  4. A teasing, oblique curiosity of a movie.
  5. Watching these pros in a dance of things unsaid is breathtaking, but it's a lugubrious, claustrophobic tale.
  6. 30
    Aidan Higgins's novel undergoes a choppy, perplexing script adaptation by Harold Pinter (who enjoys a soused, belligerent cameo), further muddied by non sequitur editing inserts. Imogen and Otto's happenstance affair holds little intrigue or surprise.
  7. Unearthing even the roughest gems serves a programming purpose, but in this case it has also led to a theatrical release of a movie that looks like a muddy second-generation Xerox and contains all the emotional and intellectual appeal of cold tea and soggy toast.

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