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Jean Simmons (no, not the creeper from KISS) is Charlotte; a
woman who has recently been released from a mental institution after
having been said to be suffering from paranoid delusions.
Waiting for her at home are her husband, stepmother, and
stepsister; whom Charlotte believed was having an affair with her
husband Arnold. That’s how she ended up in the hospital in the
first place. She firmly believed her stepsister Jean was having an
affair with her husband. She became so paranoid she even attacked
her sister at the height of her delusions.
The movie opens up with Arnold meeting with Charlotte’s doctor.
They discuss her progress and how to avoid future breakdowns. The
doctor expresses a great deal of concern when Arnold informs him
Charlotte’s stepmother and stepsister are still living him with
him. The doctor believes it is an unhealthy living environment,
considering her sister was the root of her mental breakdown.
Also living with the group is Jacob Diamond. He works at the
same university Arnold does and is hoping to establish himself in
the academic world. Over time, Charlotte begins to form a bond with
him. She feels as though everyone else is walking on egg shells
As Charlotte tries to readjust to life, rumors begin popping up.
Some people even tell her that her original feelings were not
paranoia, but valid suspicions. Is her husband really cheating on
her or is she truly insane? The movie will keep you guessing.
This movie kept my interest. There were lots of twists and turns
that kept my wanting more. However, after a certain point the whole
thing seemed a little too vague. I don’t mind subtly or anything
like that, but it got to the point where I did not completely
understand what actually happened. The payoff was not the most
satisfying thing in the world considering build up, which was over
two hours long.
Here's a little tidbit for you: the actor who played Arnold is
none other than this guy.
Rating: Thumbs half way up.
This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on July