“If I’m going to write him in, I hope to find out what he’s about.”
While his wife (Glenda Jackson) is away in Baden Baden, a jealous writer (Michael Caine) imagines she’s having an affair with a mysterious man (Helmut Berger) she’s met on the elevator. Soon Berger inexplicably shows up at their house in England, and Caine’s jealousy continues to grow.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Glenda Jackson Films
- Joseph Losey Films
- Love Triangle
- Michael Caine Films
This disappointing romantic mystery (directed by Joseph Losey) fails to provide much enjoyment on any level. Glenda Jackson is at her shrill worst as a dissatisfied housewife whose husband suspects her every move:
… Caine is adequate at best, and Berger is inexplicably stiff as a shady character whose motivations are never fully explained.
The entire story is framed as a sort of “what’s real? what’s not?” exploration, with Caine’s attempt to generate grist for his new novel conveniently propelling the action — but the central problem is that we simply don’t care much about any of these characters or their affairs of the heart.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Fine production values
No; this is definitely one of Losey’s lesser efforts, and not worth seeking out. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.