A film-noir closer in style to the television work of Alan Clarke. Slight shades of Tarkovsky and Antonioni jar against a grittier social-realist approach. Genuinely surreal moments, like the concert in the mental institution and the closing shot, with the scattered pages and the sound of a helicopter appearing out of nowhere, suggests the same subtle dream-logic that would develop in Jordan's subsequent work.
Just saw it in 35mm at the cinema, which is the only way to give Chris Menges' gritty cinematography its full power. Very strange and haunting film, with some really badass performance from Stephen Rea.
Revisited this film after viewing on it's original release. Hard to pick a "best" Stephen Rea movie as his output is pretty much faultless but I think this edges it. Flawless cinematography and direction.