Australia / English
"A secret is not safe if the truth has a witness. "A wife and mother (Sarandon) is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.
Interesting . . .
I liked this movie for several reasons; its got its flaws, but its also
got some redeeming qualities. The premise is good. The plot unwinds in
enough fits and starts to actually seem as if some of this could be
happening---it keeps the viewer uncertain as to where it's going. It
also fails to adequately provide the interstices where something has
happened, it's not well explained how it happened, and we are asked to
accept that it has been a natural progression. This unfortunately fails
to win the viewers' affection. An example of this is where the children
are suddenly withdrawn and in fear of Saradon's mother character ---
yet nothing in the script has fully prepared us to believe that the
parental bonds have suffered that greatly especially when the
relationship previously has been shown strong. What the filmmakers are
trying to do is obvious: they want to unsettle the audience, to get
them out of familiar territory, and stretching the normal boundaries in
relationship, in time, in space is an effective way of doing this. It
just has to be done with a little more credibility and all would be
fine. I suspect that some of the seams are showing as result of editing
and failing to include continuity for proper pacing. We see the
breakdown of the protagonist---we are not sure if her delusions are
causing, or caused by events. What we don't get is the flow from
certitude to shaken state, leaving us not sure whether we're buying
into it or not. There are also a few incidents that could well have
been altered to be a little less far-fetched---(floor grate scene).
Overall I did like the movie, I just felt it need some polishing.
O'Neil's role is one of the loving husband and protective father . . .
somewhere he also simply a man, and it doesn't feel right when he's
going through a seduction. I found it unreasonable: his character had
too much to lose, and too much was hinted at as to why he would fall
for this but not detail enough, again, to allow me to believe that he
would. As mysteries go, this one is only needing some editorial work,
and a bit of scriptural add-in to be a much better movie. Still, I
liked it, and I liked the final Du Maurier-esquire twist. That I did
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