Robert Altman made this interior drama about a woman going through hallucination and nearing madness in Ireland. Delving into effects of permissiveness on a hidebound, repressed nature, it also shows a probing insight into mental disorder.

Robert Altman made this interior drama about a woman going through hallucination and nearing madness in Ireland. Delving into effects of permissiveness on a hidebound, repressed nature, it also shows a probing insight into mental disorder.

Susannah York, writing a fairy tale for children about mysterious woods and a unicorn that acts as a counterpoint to her real life losing of touch with reality, imagines phone calls saying her husband is with another woman and when they go to their country house for the weekend two men in her life intrude as imaginary, or, in one case, real.

York has the intensity and innocence marked by strain as well as sensual underpinnings, and brings off the final denouement with restraint and potency.

1972: Nomination: Best Original Score

Images

UK

Production

Lion's Gate/Hemdale. Director Robert Altman; Producer Tommy Thompson; Screenplay Robert Altman; Camera Vilmos Zsigmond; Editor Graeme Clifford; Music John Williams; Art Director Leon Ericksen

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Susannah York Rene Auberjonois Marcel Bozzuffi Hugh Millais Cathryn Harrison
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