D.H. Lawrence’s lesbian-themed novella The Fox is turned into a beautifully photographed, dramatically uneven Canadian-made film.
Sandy Dennis and Anne Heywood are cast as lesbian lovers who have exiled themselves to a lonely farm. Arrival of Keir Dullea cues a disintegration of the femme relationship and eventual tragedy.
In early reels, Anne Heywood seems the dominant female. She is inwardly uneasy, perhaps afraid of eventual old age.
Dennis has the greater acting burden, and her performance is uneven. Her daffiness in early reels seems overdone, result of which is that her later remarks may draw unwanted smiles, even chuckles, from audiences.
Dullea plays his part with quiet determination to snare Heywood. Whether or not he suspects or comprehends the lesbian relationship is debatable, from script and actions.
First sexual encounter between him and Heywood is awkward – the gaspings, the clutching of turf, etc. A later romantic scene between the two gals, by contrast, is excellent.
1968: Nomination: Best Original Music Score