A very dark romance.
A dark and eerily beautiful story of erotic obsession and madness,
seen through the eyes of psychiatrist Peter Cleave. In the summer of
1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new
posting: a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Gorgeous
and headstrong, Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a
brilliant and charismatic sculptor who has been confined to the hospital
after murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. Stella's awareness of
Edgar's crime does not diminish the volcanic attraction that ensues: a
passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and those who
Ian McKellen stars as Dr Peter Cleave in the film
directed by David Mackenzie (Young Adam) based on the novel by
Patrick McGrath (Spider).
Screenplay by Patrick Marber and Chrysanthy Balis. Also
starring Natasha Richardson (Maid in Manhattan), Marton Csokas (The
Lord of the Rings),
and Hugh Bonneville (Iris).
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