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Edith's Diary

Patricia Highsmith's excellent novel presented the mental breakdown of an abandoned wife and mother through the entries in her diary, which gradually become more delirious as she retreats from an unbearable reality into a fantasy world—where her delinquent, possibly psychotic son is a prosperous business and family man, etc, etc. The whole point of Highsmith's stylistic exercise—which asked the reader to construct the “real” story behind Edith's words for himself—is lost in this slick but superficial German film adaptation, in which director Hans W. Geissendorfer relegates Edith's words to a voice-over while sticking his camera straight into the sordid reality of Edith's life. With Angela Winkler; the fine cinematography is by Michael Ballhaus (1983).

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