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His terrifying obsession took them to the brink of death and beyond.
Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their friendship quickly turns into a deeply passionate love affair that threatens to overtake them both. When Milena ends up in the hospital from an overdose, Alex is taken into custody by Inspector Netusil.
It’s a miracle that Art Garfunkel’s performance in Bad Timing didn’t immediately and forever extinguish all sexual desire on earth.
a few more hundred words on the subject for the AV Club next week.
Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing was very tedious. You do not realize what is going on in the film until the the third act. The first two acts of this film were not enjoyable. The film is way to vague for its own good. This is because of the obnoxious editing choices made throughout the film. The non-linear narrative did not work here. It felt like it was just there for the heck of it. It made the film even more convoluted. It was all over the place. Art Garfunkel is without a doubt the best part of this film. He had great charisma. His performance was full of energy. Harvey Keitel, who I have never been sold on, was not particularly good here. He was going way too over-the-top. I think I might like this one a bit more on rewatch now that I have grasped the story.
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Review In A Nutshell:
Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing attempts to grab your attention with its mystery, a curiosity on what exactly happened to this blonde woman who has been rushed by an ambulance to the closest hospital, and we what her relationship is with this man that sits near her towards their destination; it provides us insight into their relationship through flashbacks that lead up to the event. The film was able to grab my attention within its first 30-40 minutes, but by the time it reaches the middle section, the film begins to drag and offer very little to their story, only to rise back up again in its final act. This…
A pretty good mystery but jumped around a little too much to make sense. Probably would be better after a rewatch when you already have the full story.
Roeg really does not deliver it for me here but similar to the majority of his films, his strange directorial decisions including the often incoherent editing is honestly something one needs to become accustomed to before understanding and then enjoying his work. I admit to that, can clearly see it and therefore appreciate this film (one I didn't particularly like) to some extent.
I'm near close to 100% positive that rewatching Roeg's films is going to be the best decision anyone is going to make when going through his filmography for the first time. If for anything then the sheer fact of watching while understanding the film on the second go around since the editing and other aspects have caused…
What a fucked up little movie. One of the ones you feel like you have to bathe after watching. But there's a lot of truth in there. Though Garfunkle isn't really ever a "nice guy" at any point in the film it is brutally honest about the impulses that often underly the nice guy and how perverted that all can be. Too bad the movie gets lost in the middle and drags on for far too long. It loses the momentum inherent in an investigation and inherent in a woman dying on an operating table. It eventually gets to a revelation that the film's form stopped building towards long ago. It could have been great but settles for good.
One thing I have noticed most of all when analyzing the filmography of the very underrated English director Nicolas Roeg is that his work all has a dry, amber palette while editing schemes feel consistent with one another even when each individual film varies in genre. "Bad Timing" is his erotic thriller - but not really your typical type. Not only does he cast the offbeat Art Garfunkel in the leading role, but he matches his style against the vicious agony and lunacy that makes up the campy delights of Theresa Russell’s tour-de-force performance.
Sure, it may seem like a more raw and real version of (500) Days of Summer (with a worse male lead and a better female lead), but in reality it actually distorts the issue of possessiveness in relationships for the sake of its shocking drama, where (500) Days is a genuine attempt to explore the roots and effects, albeit buried in its pop-accessible tropes and Matthew Gray Gubler one-liners.
The illusion started to wear off somewhere before the moment Theresa Russel dressed up in Harley Quinn cosplay in a room full of candles and called Art Garfunkel over for... uh... some reason?
And the whole Keitel investigation stuff was, while potentially interesting, ruined by how unjustified those grilling Garfunkel were…
A kaleidoscopic mirage-like masterwork-- a delving into the contentious-fractured mindscape of one doomed couple, seen through the prism of aftermath, and structured around two spectacular performances (Art Garfunkel is Alex an exposed nerve of a human being and Theresa Russell is Milena a riotous heartbreaker and together they dance a toxic waltz) Bad Timing is a stunning display of filmmaking and insight.
By turns exhilirating and pretensious, Bad Timing is an interesting script given stunning visuals by Nicolas Roeg. The director's habit of playing with the malleable nature of time in film reaches a peak with the cut-up plot and there are so many flashes of genius, right up to the unsettling ending. But the quartet of main characters are all so utterly repulsive that it's impossible to care while all four are quite horribly miscast - Art Garfunkel is wooden, Harvey Keitel utterly unbelievable as an Austrian investigator, Theresa Russell looks the part but is somewhat out of her depth and Denholm Elliot just isn't convincing as her ex-lover... None are quite able to channel the depth of the characters. The result is a fascinating failure.
Roeg’s wonky editing has bothered me before, but for whatever reason the technique really grabbed me with Bad Timing. It’s almost a structural precursor to something like Eternal Sunshine in the way it links past and present with brief flashes of synchronicity.
Moral of the story: don't stick your dick in crazy.
It's funny that Art Garfunkel's most famous performances have been in films that tackled sex with alarming frankness. 'Bad Timing', by Nicolas Roeg, is a beast of a movie.
We've seen stories of love affairs rattled by crazies before, but none quite like 'Bad Timing'. 'Bad Timing' has a non-chronological structure, and the order in which many events happen in is hazy. It certainly isn't helped by the fact that the movie's loose cannon, Milena (Theresa Russell) is so mercuric in temperament.
'Bad Timing' is almost always interesting. It begins with a suicide attempt by Milena, and her time in the hospital is cut with scenes showing her relationship with…
It's always bad timing to get involved in something like this. Sometimes though you can't help but accept an invitation to the blues.
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Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)