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Bad Timing

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession

Directed by Nicolas Roeg
United Kingdom, 1980


Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell) in Nicolas Roeg’s masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

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Bad Timing Directed by Nicolas Roeg
[Theresa Russell’s] ferocious and assured performance (she was only 23) nearly blows her much more experienced co-stars Art Garfunkel and Harvey Keitel off the screen.
January 02, 2019
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The film is a serious work of art (and has its champions), but it was also the beginning of the long, slow end of his career.
November 26, 2018
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Roeg’s film pushes against simplification, however, perhaps even to a fault, cool and distant where it should be hot. Told in serpentining fragments, arrhythmically edited and soundtracked by a grabbag of Tom Waits, The Who, and others, with Art Garfunkel and Theresa Russell as two ragged, consuming lovers, Bad Timing is a singular, disturbing post-mortem of obsession, possession, and desire, uncompromisingly erotic, traumatized, and knotted.
March 23, 2016
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