Some relationships fall victim to a lack of chemistry, absence of common interests, a long distance, cat people vs. dog people or any number of reasons two crazy kids can’t make it work. Then there are those that are just bad timing. Some realize this soon into the relationship, while others continue on a path of destruction of which neither party can make it out unscathed or bruised. Its no surprise that these are based on lust since you already know this person is not right for you, so you figure you might as well get laid. Nicoloas Roeg’s Bad Timing shows the life cycle of a destructive sexual relationship, from the first glance at a party to the last dramatic suicide attempt, and everything in between.
When this film was first released it made some people particularly it’s distribution company very upset calling it “a sick film made by sick people for sick people”. While yes, a naked writhing Art Garfunkel is a brain-stain that will haunt me for a minute I don’t know that I would dismiss the whole film as vile. There is a certain realness that is captured in the performances. Theresa Russell is especially authentic as she perfectly portrays the madness of a relationship of which you feel you have no control of yet cannot walk away from; And she’s at her most beautiful when she’s vulnerable. Art is a little stiff but its probably no easy feat to go from harmonizing with Rhymin’ Simon one day to becoming a thespian the next. It also feels kind of right for his detached character Psychoanalyst Dr. Linden. This film is an emotional roller coaster and a front row seat to the greatest show on earth: love.
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