Review: ‘Loose Connections’

Richard Eyre's second theatrical feature is an exceedingly amiable comic battle of the sexes.

Richard Eyre’s second theatrical feature is an exceedingly amiable comic battle of the sexes.

Sally (Lindsay Duncan), together with two girlfriends, has built a jeep in which to drive from London to a feminist conference in Munich, but at the last moment she is left on her own. She takes a newspaper ad for a fellow driver, seeking a female non-smoking vegetarian, who speaks German and knows something about car engines. The only applicant is Harry (Stephen Rea), who claims to fill all the requirements except sex, and furthermore claims he’s gay. Needless to say, Harry’s a liar.

The trip to Munich is one comic disaster after another. But the odd couple are drawn to each other, and the inevitable happens.

Both roles are played to perfection. It’s not a film of hearty laughs, but of continual quiet chuckles.

Loose Connections

UK

Production

Umbrella/Greenpoint. Director Richard Eyre; Producer Simon Perry; Screenplay Maggie Brooks; Camera Clive Tickner; Editor David Martin; Music Dominic Muldowney, Andy Roberts

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Stephen Rea Lindsay Duncan Jan Niklas Carole Harrison Gary Olsen Frances Low
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