Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom, 1994. British Broadcasting Corporation, Distant Horizon, Miramax. Screenplay by Frank Deasy. Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin. Produced by David M. Thompson. Music by Colin Towns. Production Design by Stuart Walker. Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux. Film Editing by Dave King.
Julia Ormond is a do-gooder dentist who volunteers her time to provide care for inmates at a British prison. Her wits are no match for her heart, unfortunately, when she meets violent sociopath Tim Roth and begins to feel passionately about him, before long having illicit sex with him in dirty loos. Risking her career, her marriage and possibly even her life, Ormond knows she should stay away from this dangerous man but can’t help but be sucked in by her passion. This smarmy film by Angela Pope has interesting characters but a very familiar setup, with very little originality or freshness to add to the formula. Ormond and Roth are excellent in the leads, but the film works too hard to be unpleasant and is, for the most part, quite off-putting.