Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Hireling (1973)

Cannes Film Festival 1973

Palme d'Or
Alan Bridges
Tied with Scarecrow (1973).
Special Award
Sarah Miles

Columbia Pictures
Directed by Alan Bridges
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Sony Choice Collection)

Sarah Miles is a wealthy British woman who suffers a nervous breakdown after the death of her husband. Released from an institution, she hires Robert Shaw as her chauffeur. His affable personality helps her to recover and they take long drives together. As she gradually resumes her previous social life among the political elite, he falls in love with her. One night he makes a pass at her but is rejected. Furthermore, she becomes engaged to a politician that he loathes. He reacts by going on a drunken rampage. Insightful look at the differences that separate the social classes in Britain, moodily photographed by Michael Reed.

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