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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 around her.

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 5, 2011.