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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Cordelia Gray (Pippa Guard) comes to work one day where she is assistant to a shabby gumshoe. She finds him in his office with his veins cut and a big bowl of blood next to him. A posthumous tape asks her to take over. After the burial an intense middleaged woman (Billie Whitelaw) asks her to take on a case, the suicide of her boss's son.

With:
Pippa Guard Billie Whitelaw Paul Freeman Dominic Guard Dawn Archibald David Horovitch

Cordelia Gray (Pippa Guard) comes to work one day where she is assistant to a shabby gumshoe. She finds him in his office with his veins cut and a big bowl of blood next to him. A posthumous tape asks her to take over. After the burial an intense middleaged woman (Billie Whitelaw) asks her to take on a case, the suicide of her boss’s son.

Obsession is the keynote of this case. Gray slowly is fascinated by the dead boy as she finds out more about him. It develops he was first found hanging dressed and made up as a woman but someone had changed that.

She almost hangs herself imitating the way the dead boy did it, gets thrown into a well but muddles through as the English do. Perhaps it is unfair to unravel this tale [from the novel by P.D. James] which is handled from a distance by director Christopher Petit robbing it of a more forceful narration, timing and revelation.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

UK

Production: Boyd's/NFE. Director Christopher Petit; Screenplay Elizabeth McKay, Brian Scobie, Christopher Petit; Camera Martin Schafer; Editor Mick Audsley; Music Chas Jankel, Philip Bagenal, Peter Van Hooke; Art Director Anton Furst

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Pippa Guard Billie Whitelaw Paul Freeman Dominic Guard Dawn Archibald David Horovitch

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