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Time Out says

Shot through with the same surreal, absurdist wit as Polanski's shorts, this bizarre variation on a classic theme - a couple who have withdrawn from the world (Pleasence and Dorléac) to live on an isolated island are visited by gangsters on the run (Stander and MacGowran) - centres around the director's abiding concerns: sexual perversity, insecurity and humiliation, the eruption of nightmarish chaos into a seemingly ordered world, human betrayal, corruptibility and self-destruction. If the subject matter is bleak and bitterly serious, the tone throughout is darkly comic, while the precise imagery effortlessly conveys the tension, the claustrophobia, and the madness of the situation.
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Release Details

  • Duration:111 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Roman Polanski
  • Screenwriter:Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach
  • Cast:
    • Donald Pleasence
    • Françoise Dorléac
    • Lionel Stander
    • Jack MacGowran
    • Robert Dorning
    • Iain Quarrier
    • Jacqueline Bisset
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