A powerful and truly strange surrealist horror film from director Jerzy Skolimowski. A pervading atmosphere of surreal dread - as well as superb performances by John Hurt, Susannah York, and, particularly, Alan Bates - make what could easily be a completely ridiculous story work as something absurd, but darkly compelling. A cult classic that deserves to be better known.
An heir of the Free Cinema's style (already when its protagonists had moved away from that), that adapts it to Skolimowski's thematic and fictional free circulation, but by purposely wanting to shuffle and confuse much more in order to incite its premisses, it stresses much more the attention to a borrowed formality that leaves a disappointment about a "second degree" language.
It was really strange exprience & I like strange.very 70's & in a way altmanish.
But it felt something missing ؛though the acting is supereb ,especially Alan Bates.
There is something in a style that you wish roeg was made this movie.But unfourtunately he wasn't available at the time.
Confounding and in many ways intriguing. I just wish the direction and acting was better cause the story is not very well handled despite tons of potential. What should have been an ominous mystery becomes almost a parody. Good material, poor execution...
3.7 stars precisely. As abstrusely off-putting as a cold slice of ham. I've started to suspect that Skolimowsky's awkward overdubbing is a deliberate part of his making strange of the viewer's perceptions. You cannot sit comfortably in this world as it is imbued with a real queasy soul-sickness, wholly alive to the squirming potentials of consciousness. Human drama as filtered thru the gaze of a drunk dyspeptic stone