Almost 50 years after the movie first hit cinemas, it is rightly acclaimed as a classic of the genre. The adaptation of a novella by Rebecca author Daphe du Maurier features a grieving couple, played by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, as they work to restore church buildings in Venice while grieving the death of their daughter in a tragic drowning accident. Midway through the film, the couple have sex, in a sequence Roeg intercuts with quiet images of them calmly getting dressed for dinner. The scene is raw, sensitive and was controversial at the time for its frank depiction of a married couple being intimate with each other in a way that was seldom showcased on the big screen at the time. Indeed, it remains rare today.
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But at the heart of the film is one of the most convincingly realized couples in Laura and John Baxter played by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, both at the top of their careers. In the best horror films, you have to care about the people in the middle of the trauma. The children are playing outside and they are chatting and drinking, but all too soon their complacent happiness is utterly destroyed by a family tragedy: their daughter drowns in the garden pond. The rest of the film will take place in Venice as Laura and John go on with their lives.
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We played man and wife 30 years ago, in a film called Bethune. I just laugh and giggle, she talks. I love her to death. I saw in festival press for this movie that Helen Mirren gave you a good talking to you for being a white male. Well, yeah!