The second instalment of a planned trilogy loosely based on the works of the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, acclaimed British director Bernard Rose follows the remarkable IVANS XTC with The Kreutzer Sonata, a shocking new film set in contemporary Hollywood that graphically emphasizes Tolstoy's brutally controversial views on the corrupting power of sex and accompanying jealousy. Featuring bold, brilliant and utterly compelling performances from Elisabeth Rohm as the beautiful and talented pianist Abigail, and Danny Huston, as the wealthy philanthropist and enraged husband Edgar, who is consumed by feelings of carnal desire and violent jealousy, The Kreutzer Sonata explores the rich complexities of love, sex, obsession and paranoia in a raw, emotionally and sexually charged thriller.
A really gripping update to California by UK Director Bernard Rose of the Leo Tolstoy novel about obsessive sexual jealousy. The film is perhaps 5 minutes over-long, but the two central performances from Danny Huston and Elizabeth Rohm carry it. Huston, especially, is brilliant at suggesting seething dark thoughts below his urbane middle class surface manner.
The tension is steadily built Hitchcock-like and the satire on the way of modern sleazy/smart Los Angeles is wry. A terrific cameo performance, by Matthew Jacobs playing a really annoying chauffeur, forshadows the same director's equally fine Boxing Day, also based on Tolstoy. This is great British film-making.