Berkoff is the sneering adulterer, Collins the snooty aristo - and the parallel characters, scuzzbag private dick and arriviste housewife. The fringe play (from which this is drawn) usually delivers a short, sharp shock, but here Berkoff's stagy direction dissipates most of the scathing wit and pleasing vulgarity. The film resembles a video shot from the front row of the audience. She romps on silk sheets; he writhes at the crack of a riding crop. Dreadful.

By: ACh

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