Susannah York excels in Altman’s unsettling study of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Dir Robert Altman
With Susannah York, René Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais
Shot in rural Ireland, this study of psychological breakdown uses a fractured narrative to depict the hallucinatory turmoil of a writer (York) and her relationships with her husband, (would-be?) lovers and a young girl. If the oneiric mood anticipates 3 Women, the more suspenseful scenes echo Repulsion. Stomu Yamashta’s sound sculptures complement John Williams’ score, while Vilmos Zsigmond’s camerawork enhances the atmosphere of uncertainty.