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Weird but not quite wonderful
on 20 February 2013
I saw this at the cinema when it first came out and hadn't seen it since. It is a strange movie, which is a curious mixture of black comedy and psychological drama. Theresa Russell wins the best actor award, managing to be both sexy, sad, scared and unhinged all in a 87 minute movie. Hers is a terrific performance. She plays a woman who is frustrated and bored with her life, and particulary her husband (well played by Christopher Lloyd), who is a model train fanatic.
Gary Oldman is the catalyst for the events that unfold. He is possibly her lost son, or equally possibly a complete fantasy character in her mind. Oldman's performance is hyper, and not without merit, but for me it could have been reined in a little.
The dialog and situations make it clear, even if you didn't know, that this was written by Dennis Potter, and the wonderful Sarah Bernard in a supporting role (as a nurse) steals every scene she is in.
It certainly won't be a film that everyone will enjoy, so I'd advise caution!