“Intelligent sci-fi drama with solid performances and direction . . .” —Leonard Maltin’s TV Movies
“A unique sci-fi film filled with suspense. It is both escapist entertainment and a superb figment of imagination . . . ” —San Francisco Chronicle
A highly acclaimed French film from 1980, Death Watch was directed by the great French director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup De Torchon, Life And Nothing But, Capitaine Conan) and filmed on location in Glasgow, Scotland.
The story is part human drama and part futuristic cautionary tale and focuses primarily on two people: terminally ill Katherine (Romy Schneider, What’s New Pussycat, Ludwig) and Roddy (Harvey Keitel, The Duellists, Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs), who, after having a camera implanted into his brain, is hired by the producer of the TV series Death Watch to film a documentary of Katherine without her knowledge. Both deeply moving and a fascinating look at society in decay, this is a must-see film, and one made even more poignant knowing that star Romy Schneider herself died tragically only two years later at the age of 44.
Also starring Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man, Paris, Texas), Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist) and Robbie Coltrane (Mona Lisa, Cracker).
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