(Great Britain/Ireland, 2005, 100 minutes)

In late 1950s England, the lonely wife of a psychiatrist working in a mental asylum strikes up a passionate affair with one of the inmates — a convicted murderer. Intriguing but ultimately overwrought Gothic melodrama whose elegant visuals and uniformly excellent performances fail to raise it above excessive theatricality.

Paramount Classics and Seven Arts present a Seven Arts/Samson Films production in association with Mace Neufeld Productions. Starring Natasha Richardson, Ian McKellen, Marton Csokas, Hugh Bonneville, Judy Parfitt; and Joss Ackland. Directed by David Mackenzie; produced by Lawrence Borg, David E. Allen and Mace Neufeld; screenplay by Patrick Marber and Chrysanthy Balis, from the novel by Patrick McGrath; music by Mark Mancina; director of photography, Giles Nuttgens; production designer, Laurence Dorman; costume designer, Consolata Boyle; film editors, Colin Monie and Steven Weisberg.


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