A Gothic Romance Tale
Patrick McGrath's novel 'Asylum' was more a poetic elegy about thwarted
love and lust than the screenplay by Patrick Marber ('Closer')
addresses. The improbability of the story, when McGrath's poetic prose
is extracted, surfaces and the nuances of a dark love story are
lessened. Despite this the film is a worthy, strange story with a fine
cast lending lustre to it.
The time is the 1950s, and the place is a mental institution in the
outskirts of London where Max Raphael (Hugh Bonneville) brings his wife
Stella (Natasha Richardson) and young son Charlie (Gus Lewis) to begin
his tenure as a psychologist. The asylum is dark, dank, and foreboding,
a place where the wives of the doctors are expected to behave and be
bored at silly conclaves and teas, all lead by the director Jack (Joss
Ackland) and his stuffy wife Bridie (Wanda Ventham). The sinister Dr.
Peter Cleave (Ian McKellen) observes the new couple with suspicion, as
they are his 'competition' in the ascendancy of director. Peter is
coldly genial and concerns himself only with his 'pet patient' Edgar
(Marton Csokas), a handsome but dark sculptor who is institutionalized
for brutally murdering and dismembering his wife and for whom Peter
appears to have a sexual attraction.
In no time Stella is bored, not even able to assist her maid Mrs. Rose
(Sara Thurston) in household chores. Stella sees Edgar and an
attraction is mutually palpable, and soon enough they begin acting out
their frustrated prolonged lust in the greenhouse Edgar is renovating.
Peter and the other staff expect the affair, but when circumstances
surface Max's ready embarrassment at his wife's behavior explodes.
Edgar escapes the asylum to live with his old friend Nick (Sean Harris)
and before long Stella discovers his whereabouts in London and begins
assignations there under the guise of shopping trips. Ultimately she
responds to Edgar's demands to leave her family and live with him, all
the while watching Edgar plunge into the same mental state that
preceded the murder of his wife. Peter relentlessly seeks out the
couple, finds them and returns Stella to her husband who has been fired
from his job because of her dalliances. They move to North Wales to a
meager life, Edgar follows, and before long the couple reunites with
disastrous results. Stella's mind is broken and she tacitly sits and
watches her son drown, and as a result she is returned to the asylum as
a patient. The ending is bleak and somewhat unexpected and ties the
story of love abnormally focused to a circular closure.
Filmed in atmospheric dark tones by cinematographer Giles Nuttgens the
story's mood remains grim. The cast is excellent with most of the
honors going to Ian McKellen in one of his usual highly nuanced
performances. Natasha Richardson is believable as the tortured Stella
and Hugh Bonneville is aptly cold and distant. Marton Csokas finds the
dark interior of Edgar and is understandably the source of attraction
for both Stella and Peter. The director David Mackenzie ('Young Adam')
needed to pay more attention to the editing, a problem that makes this
tale of downfall choppy and disjointed. Otherwise 'Asylum' is a
suspenseful, tragic story of the asylums people create for themselves.
But oh, for the poetry of Patrick McGrath... Recommended. Grady Harp.
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They Shouldn't Make These
This is a horror film masquerading as an emotional drama. Why bother?
The story is so disturbing, so nasty, so tasteless, so pointless. It is
an exercise in 'provocation' and exploitation. Do we really want to see
the late and lamented Natasha Richardson brilliantly going to pieces?
Do we really want to see Ian McKellen being brilliantly devious,
creepy, and demented? Do we really want to see Marton Csokas being
brilliantly passionate, creepy, and demented? Do we want to see any of
these things? Do we want to see people reduced to emotional and
psychological rubble? Children drowning? Suicide? Marriage wrecked?
Despair? Hopelessness? Do we want to be provided with a ready-made
reason why we should all go jump off a high building and decide that
there is no point in living? If the answer is yes, then this film is
for you. Anyone who thinks life is tough enough already should give it