Man Descending (1990)

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It's New Year's Eve. Ed is out of work, seeing himself as a man descending. He sees his wife Victoria as hopeful, still ascending. He thinks she may be carrying on with Howard, her ... See full summary »

Director:

Neil Grieve

Writers:

Neil Grieve (screenplay), Guy Vanderhaeghe (story)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Timm Zemanek Timm Zemanek ... Ed
Melanie Scarr Melanie Scarr ... Victoria
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Howard
Judy Silver Judy Silver ... Helen
Zahava Robins Zahava Robins ... Anne
John Boylan John Boylan ... Frank
Marika Daciuk ... Jill (as Mary Daciuk)
Bernard Leman Bernard Leman ... Gord
David Watson David Watson ... Calvin
Ian McPherson Ian McPherson ... Party Guest
Benjamin Cinelli Benjamin Cinelli ... Party Guest
Patricia Cancilla Patricia Cancilla ... Party Guest
Svend Sturup Svend Sturup ... Party Guest
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It's New Year's Eve. Ed is out of work, seeing himself as a man descending. He sees his wife Victoria as hopeful, still ascending. He thinks she may be carrying on with Howard, her psychologist. They get to the party, Ed drinks copious amounts of scotch as Victoria and Howard dance and then steal away. Ed makes off-putting remarks to others at the party, and, when his wife and the shrink return with a bag of ice after the stoke of twelve, Ed decides to pick a fight. What Victoria does in response brings in the new year. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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[opening narration]
Ed: [sitting on a toilet, fully clothed, drinking Scotch whiskey] It's New Year's Eve, and I've been oiling myself all afternoon, in expectation of the party I'd rather not attend. Since Scotch is regarded as a fine social lubricant, I've attempted, to the best of my ability, to get lubricated. Somehow, I feel, it hasn't worked. Ever since I was sacked from my job in the china department at Eton's for habitual uncooperativeness, I've had the crazy feeling that my life is somehow ...
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Written by John Tilden
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