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Robert Altman's psychological horror in which a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York) suddenly begins to experience paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger.

Drama 1972 101 mins

Director: Robert Altman

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Overview

While holidaying in Ireland, a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York) begins to suspect her husband (Rene Auberjonois) of having an affair, which leads to paranoia, hallucinations and terrifying visions of a doppelgänger.

Long before Gosford Park (2001), acclaimed American maverick Robert Altman made a rare foray to the British Isles for this unsettling psychological horror. While its depiction of mental health and a clearly male-oriented view of female psyche may be open to criticism today, the film remains an undoubtedly successful excercise in style, scored by an Oscar-nominated John Williams, with “sounds” by Stomu Yamash'ta (The Man Who Fell to Earth), and remarkable cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).

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