The Kreutzer Sonata
Time Out says
Huston plays Edgar, a paranoid husband who suspects that his wife, Abby (Elisabeth Röhm) – a lapsed pianist and mother of his kids – is having an affair with Aiden (Matthew Yang King), a violinist with whom she agrees to perform Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ at a fundraising event at their lavish home . Rose intercuts Huston’s impetuous behaviour as his imagination runs wild and his anger escalates with flashbacks of his earlier, happier relationship with his wife.
The film’s looseness – many lines feel improvised, as does the camerawork – is mostly attractive and matches Huston’s charming, easy presence. The tragedy, when it comes, might not feel as poignant or significant as ‘Ivansxtc’, but this is a fun dose of literary soap opera with some likeable performances, including a cameo from Huston’s sister, Anjelica, and some authentically racy sex scenes to mark the first throes of Edgar and Abby’s love affair.
Cast and crew
Matthew Yang King