Joseph Losey directs Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker and Jacqueline Sassard in this drama were a married professor falls for one of his students – the one all his friends seem to be fucking.
More lust and frustration on a lazy, hazy afternoon. More destruction of a white, middle class, middle-aged man. Not Losey’s best but colourful and foreboding in his usual doomed pessimistic way. He definitely influenced Nicolas Roeg. Time and colour are playthings, not to be restricted by straightforward storytelling. Also the ensemble here could easily be the Baxters’ from Don’t Look Now’s rotten neighbours. Plays out like an episode of Inspector Morse following the weeks before the detectives are called in.
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