The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt. A police detective suspects foul play on the part of her lover, an American psychology professor. As doctors try to save her life, the detective interrogates the professor, and through flashbacks we see the events leading up to the woman's overdose; her stormy and intensely sexual relationship with the professor, her heavy drinking and numerous affairs, and her estrangement from her Czech husband. A darkly erotic study of several rather unsympathetic characters.
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A Terrifying Love Story [Theatrical Australia]
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Did You Know?
Through most of the movie, it looks as if Harvey Keitel has a mullet, a style of hair that wasn't yet popular. Instead, his hair is wet-down and combed back, letting only the back flow long. At the end of the movie you can see he really has longish, shaggy hair as was common at that time. See more
Near the beginning of the movie, when the Czechoslovakian border guard checks the names on his list, the list contains several Czech swear words instead of personal names and occupations ("Mrdac", "Kurevnik", "Prdelac"...). See more
I'll be dead in a minute; just wanted to say good-bye.
The BBFC made one cut to the film in the UK before theatrical release. The cut footage juxtaposes an image of lovemaking with a shot of a child. This was re-edited into separate shots due to concerns about the Child Protection Act, and all versions available worldwide are the re-edited version. See more
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