There are all the usual asylum-pic shots, with patients lining up for their medicine, playing bingo and wandering aimlessly around the hospital grounds. In a parallel plot, a young priest, David Shepard (Tom Gilroy), who is a disturbed war veteran, is seen lusting after the church organist, Grace Patterson (Stefania Rocca), but she keeps rejecting his advances. There is also a fairly deranged local cop who keeps showing up and causing trouble. At one point, he gets into a shoving match with Jean.
There is little dialogue, and much of it is curiously muffled. Virtually every scene drags on way too long, with many consisting entirely of people staring intently at each other. The flimsy plot and absence of character development make it tough for the viewer to feel much sympathy for the highly alienated patients.
With so little talking, it is difficult for many of the thesps to distinguish themselves, though both Allaux and Rocca at least manage to convey some nonverbal intensity.
Tregenza’s self-consciously arty camerawork further detracts from the drama. Pic does have a suitably bleak, midwinter look. The score features a number of ethereal harp instrumentals.