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Harvey Keitel is a man with a movie camera (in his head)

Harvey Keitel joined French auteur Bertrand Tavernier in Scotland for this 1980 cult curio, a Truman Show-like sci-fi in which Romy Schneider plays a woman with an incurable disease in a society where illness has all but been eradicated.
 
Keitel is sent to secretly film her last days – using a camera implanted behind his eyes – for a reality TV show (run by Harry Dean Stanton’s sleaze-bag).
 
Tavernier captures a desolate Glasgow gloriously, giving it a moody, melancholy sheen to match Keitel’s Method mumblings.
 
But for all its Big Brother prescience, it’s not dated well. Stilted and sterile, it’s cut-price Cronenberg.
 

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