Chatting to Anna in the thread to my review for 'Voices', I was lamenting the fact that I find it…
Believe in Me
Remy is a medical student who has a flair for making his patients comfortable. His genuine concern for the patients in his charge marks him as a hot prospect in his internship program. Pamela works at a children's book publishing company. The two meet via Pamela's brother, who is also Remy's good friend. They fall in love and get an apartment in the East Village of New York. Soon after, the couple begins to indulge in speed and barbiturates. They become heavily addicted. Remy is thrown out of medical school and Pamela quits her job. Remy soon finds himself in debt with the local dealer, Stutter, who introduces his customer to heroin as a revenge for his late bill. Pamela faces the prospect of getting sober at her brother's clinic, but must leave behind a destitute Remy in order to do it
Disappointing follow-up to Stuart Hagmann and Israel Horovitz's The Strawberry Statement (1970). Michael Sarrazin, coming off the heels of They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969), is great here as a drug addicted children's doctor in New York City, that begins to struggle with the fact that as a doctor he can't stop death... While his performance is great, the character is sadly unlikeable, and it's difficult to care about what he's going through.
A list of the lost, forgotten and generally unavailable. My to-screen list for the next cold, dark winter.