The Pointsman

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Accidentally stepping off a train in the remote Scottish Highlands, a chic Frenchwoman finds herself stranded with a Dutch railway points-operator who leads a lonely, basic existence. Winter falls; as the pair become increasingly isolated, lacking a common language, an intricate, near-silent mating ritual is enacted. The woman, sophisticated and worldly, wears her most provocative clothes to tease never-felt emotions from her virgin acquaintance, until she becomes a captive of his awakened passion. Taking no account of plausibility, Stelling's exploration of the uses and abuses of power is art house fare, but neither obscure nor elitist. Enthralling performances generate a claustrophobic tension, but there's humour too. The director is merciless with the pointsman's few visitors: a leering, randy postman with transparent courtship tactics, an engine driver whose scepticism about the whole affair anticipates that of the audience.
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UK release:

1986

Duration:

96 mins

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a dude

This movie bites. I'd rather watch ride a Greyhound cross country than see this piece of crap again. The only saving grace is the pseudo-humor provided by the neo-Nazi postman. This movie blows. I can't say enough bad things about it. I want 1 hour and 35 minutes of my life back.

a dude

This movie bites. I'd rather watch ride a Greyhound cross country than see this piece of crap again. The only saving grace is the pseudo-humor provided by the neo-Nazi postman. This movie blows. I can't say enough bad things about it. I want 1 hour and 35 minutes of my life back.

Bobbiegita Walker

This is a rare look at a relationship on a basic nonverbal level with fine nuanced performances that communicate more than words.

Bobbiegita Walker

This is a rare look at a relationship on a basic nonverbal level with fine nuanced performances that communicate more than words.