That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

Robert Altman directs Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns and Susan Benton in this sex mystery where a lone woman takes in a seemingly homeless boy she sees sitting out in the rain from her window.

Even after you’ve watched it, it is hard to fully say what That Cold Day In The Park is. You’ll be surprised where it ends but likewise struggle to think of any other satisfying outcome. A kinky thriller boiled down to its basics, a gender reversed Psycho or The Collector… only a lot more civil than those films… with a sympathy for its devil. For the first hour it could easily be the prelude for a Harold and Maude-like romance. Sandy Dennis makes this watchable, her timid but yearning performance dominates. The few times we leave the apartment for the boy to show his spoilt hippy true colours feel wasteful.


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