Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA/France, 1994. Fine Line Features, , Channel Four Films, Flach Film, Canal+, Les Films de l’Astre, TF1 Films Production. Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias, Roman Polanski, based on the play by Ariel Dorfman. Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli. Produced by Josh Kramer, Thom Mount. Music by Wojciech Kilar. Production Design by Pierre Guffroy. Costume Design by Milena Canonero. Film Editing by Herve de Luze. Independent Spirit Awards 1994.
Sigourney Weaver‘s awe-inspiring personality rules this exciting adaptation of the hit play of the same name, in which she and husband Stuart Wilson live peacefully in a secluded home in an unnamed South American country. When Wilson brings a stranded business associate (Ben Kingsley) home for dinner, she immediately recognizes him as the man who severely beat and tortured her as a political adversary during her university days. She only has his voice to go on, but she insists against her victim’s protests and her husband’s bewilderment that she is not mistaken. Then she decides to enact an entire night of excruciating revenge. Terrific, claustrophobic drama, the best Polanski film in years until The Pianist came along.