Iconoclast British director Nicolas Roeg’s (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth) film Bad Timing (1980) was labeled by its own distributor as “a sick film made by sick people for sick people.” Indeed, its bold and powerful story of the all consuming and even dangerous passion that erupts between Milena Flaherty (the great Theresa Russell) and Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel, of Simon and Garfunkel fame) is as provocative, brash, and innovative as it was when it was originally released in 1980. Nicolas Roeg’s long fascination in experimenting with editing, cinematography, narrative, and the way in which we react to it is unleashed in full bore. Aided by committed and passionate performances and a stirring soundtrack (featuring Tom Waits, The Who, and Billie Holiday), Bad Timing’s heady Gustav Klimt-influenced tale results on one of Roeg’s most inimitable masterworks. This is a film that considers the fine, blended line between love and passion.
-Written by Scott Lang