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Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession

Nicolas Roeg United Kingdom, 1980

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Bad Timing

Resolved: all love is necrophilia. Also: identity is a can of snakes. Like most of Roeg's films from this period, Bad Timing never entirely shakes its own shakiness, tilting at times towards self-parody and piling on arguably facile allusions -- I'm thinking of the Bowles-ian interlude in particular -- but there's no denying the cumulative power with which it brings love's depredations to tortured, tangled life.