Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
France/United Kingdom, 1975. Dial Films, Les Productions Meric-Matalon. Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, Thomas Wiseman, based on the novel by Thomas Wiseman. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Daniel M. Angel. Music by Richard Hartley. Production Design by Richard Macdonald. Costume Design by Ruth Myers. Film Editing by Reginald Beck.
Splendid adaptation of the novel by Thomas Wiseman, with a polished script co-written by Wiseman and Tom Stoppard. Glenda Jackson is a marvel as a married woman who takes a personal vacation in Baden Baden and there meets a handsome gigolo/drug runner (Helmut Berger). When she returns to her uptight writer husband (Michael Caine), he allows his jealousy to overcome him and becomes insistent that she was cheating on him during her trip, eventually incorporating his fears of his wife’s infidelity into the script that he is currently working on. She is blameless in this affair, but is pushed to make his suspicions come true when he invites Berger to come stay with them as a house guest and she finds a kindred spirit in her new friend. Terrific dialogue and a fantastic cast (including Kate Nelligan as well), this is a grown-up drama that satisfies.