|Starring:||Judy Parfitt, Hugh Bonneville, Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Maria Aitken, Ian McKellen, Joss Ackland|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, Thriller|
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Jan 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Intriguing!By Lisa Frame from Dereham, Norfolk. , 08 Feb 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Not the best film I have seen lately but worth watching on a cold night in with a couple of drinks.
A family move into a property in the grounds of a mental asylum, after the husband is offered a senior doctors position. The wife is pressurised into establishing her duties as the doctor's wife; equally made worst by the fact she feels trapped in a loveless marriage. She meets a handsome patient who is repairing her summer house and they fall into a passionate love affair which leads to many repercussions. There is a very dark and sininster side to Edgar and this can only create further problems.........
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Worth a watch...By SiSlayRD500 (166 reviews) from Solihull , 18 Sep 2012I thought this turned out to be worth a watch.
I wasn't sure to begin with and not even sure if I was going to bother, yet I found it engaging enough to keep me watching until the end.
Well acted by all the leading characters.
Not really / usually my style of film, but I actually thought this was good taking all into account.
Good to see High Royds, not necessarily the film!By howitis (8 reviews) , 22 Feb 2012The best thing about this film was getting to see inside the grounds of High Royds asylum. I thought the relationships in the film developed far too quickly and the plot was unbelievable in places. It was worth watching.
Not mad enoughBy daylightsimulator (52 reviews) from london , 04 Dec 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]A decent stab at filming Patrick McGrath's excellent novel of sexual obsession, the oroblem being the quality of the book.
The source material's subtle, evocative writing, and its complex discussion of aberrant psychologies manages to disguise its melodramatic plot. Reduced to a ninety-five minute film, the narrative becomes choppy and unsatisfying, lurching from one highly wrought scene to the next. Darkness and atmosphere are lost, neutralising a story about madness and tragedy.
Partick Marber's screenplay is elegant and terse, the film looks good if a little bland and Ian McKellen is suitably manipulative as the cold-hearted puppetmaster, Peter Cleave. Natasha Richardson as Stella is fine, but doesn't truly radiate enough heat. The music is terrible, more suited to a mid-evening BBC drama.
romance noirBy lukasz84 (75 reviews) , 25 Apr 2011there are two corridors in the asylum. one for the patients, the other for the sane ones. being very near each other they meet at the end, one can easily take the wrong turn and end up on the other side. sanity and madness have been known, on more than an occasion, to be the two sides of the very same coin, and mr mckenzie tosses that coin with skill and restrained, if, nonetheless perverted pleasure. and to a very good purpose indeed. for all its indulgence in gothic, emotional claustrophobia, and sublime narrative architecture, with the dramatic, pace-accelerating and turn-taking finale, the film does manage, with alluring echoes of freud and foucault, amongst others, to leave some good space for serious thinking.
Very thrillingBy a customer from London , 26 Mar 2011A very interesting and sad film. Wish it did'nt end the way it did though. Highly recommended, this is a must watch film.