Beyond the oft-repeated under-siege surface structure, this is a nuanced study in notions of masculinity. The ambiguity of tone is superbly modulated by swiftly pulling back the vicarious thrill of power and violence to provoke feelings of guilt. It's interesting to see Peckinpah out of a familiar locale as this foreign terrain lends a crisper stage for one of his better studies in the effects of male brute force.
The death of girl reminded me steinbeck's mice and men. I'm sure lenny character was a source of inspiration for that scene. David ch. had sexual problems and it was reflected in the woman's behavior.Some parts were compatible with bergman's shame.and most important thing atmosphere is associated hitchcockian style.
First part is sheer disturbance, regardless how predictable. Climax one of the most morbid depictions of an affair I've seen. And ending it was like a poetic manifesto of violence. Underneath, a story of seemingly one dimensional characters revealing their inner personalities/stories as it went, just to end with a story of questions raised.