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The Good Soldier (1981)

A romantic tragedy about two turn-of-the-century couples - one American, one British - who regularly vacation together at a spa in Germany.

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A romantic tragedy about two turn-of-the-century couples - one American, one British - who regularly vacation together at a spa in Germany.

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Riveting Adaptation of a Difficult Novel
2 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This made-for-TV film gets high marks all around: lucid and intelligent cinematography, breathtaking performances, and visually strong direction. It's a great film, based on great source material.

The film addresses how a man, by re-examining several years in his life, realizes that he was totally clueless regarding what was happening around him, as his wife and friends schemed and had affairs while he thought they were all happy and content. The novel moves back and forth in time, and so does this film: a complex yet totally engrossing narrative that leaves other time-shift ideas such as *Pulp Fiction* in the dust.

Among all the great performances in here, special mention must be made of Susan Fleetwood, whose layered performance is both sensual and calculating.

I've turned on many friends to this film. Definitely one of my desert-island videos.

Highest accolades!!


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