A young Englishwoman volunteers to live for one year on a deserted tropical island with a middle-aged, misogynist Englishman to seek adventure and a change in her mundane life, only to learn that living with him isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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Castaway, to my mind, qualifies as one of his better recent works—a film that explores the mysteries of a contemporary relationship and actually manages to make a virtue of its detachment and open-endedness.
Somewhat atypical for Roeg; more nuanced for Reed: a reminder of the fine actor he was, and the opportunities he was latter ill-afforded. Perfunctory visuals are interrupted with the occasional Roeg-spike but these are often at odds with the televisual feel. Sharper playing atones for indifferent characterisation and an almost arbitrary disregard for investigating situation.
I really enjoyed how Amanda Donohoe was able to be mainly nude through much of the film's duration AND how her nudity isn't constantly made a point of in a facile sexual context, and that we're able to take her character seriously regardless. However, there feels to be something lacking in the midst of the self-imposed desert island scenario as it shifts into difficult and fleeting romance.
Not to be confused with Zemeckis' film... this may have not been one of Roeg's best works since it seemed that he decided to leave the usual dreamlike quality or something like that behind but seeing Donohoe in this film was really hot at the time (next to working with Russell up next). 2/5
Roeg Filme aus den 80er finde ich extrem spannend. Manchmal nicht ganz stimmig, aber immer mit interessanten Einfällen.
Castaway ist ein ebenso paradoxes Beispiel: Er unterhält köstlich obwohl er eigentlich nicht funktionieren dürfte.