Bad Timing

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  • Drama, Erotic, Independent, Thriller , produced in 1980 UK
  • Actors: Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel
  • Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
  • Rating: 7.1 out of 10
  • Plot Summary: Perhaps director Nicholas Roeg's most controversial film (quite a feat considering Roeg's other works), BAD TIMING is a tale of drugs, sex, and violence set amongst the beautiful old-world architecture of Vienna. The producers at the Rank Studio called the film "sick" and for many years it was made unavailable in any form at all. Utilizing the jumbled chronology he had experimented with in other films, Roeg introduces the viewer to Milena (Theresa Russell), who has tried to kill herself with an overdose of medication. She is accompanied to the hospital by psychologist Alex Lindon (Art Garfunkel), who admits to having a passionate and somewhat sordid love affair with her. Puritanical inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) suspects, however, that Lindon is less than forthcoming concerning his relationship with Milena. Roeg draws disturbing parallels between sex, obsession, and violence, all scored to a soundtrack featuring luminaries like Tom Waits, The Who, and Billie Holiday.
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