Coppolas hemlighet är att hon inte konfronterar sina huvudkaraktärer alls. Hon låter dem vara. Och eftersom de ofta är kvinnor räcker det ganska bra som provokation.
It’s a nice place to visit, but we can see in the yearning glances of the women—forgotten behind the gates of their near-deserted manor—that living there would be another matter entirely.
Eastwood has rarely played such an ambiguous loner, before or since, nothing about this man is reliable as he works his subtle games on this love-struck female world, run with icy restraint by the great Geraldine Page.
It is a tremendously watchable movie, a drama-thriller with subtle touches of noir and black comedy.
Delicious, sensual, made with sterling craft and an unassumingly sharp edge.