Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette in A Long Way Down
While The Blunderer was written in 1954 by Patricia Highsmith, one of the world's most gifted crime writers, the film is set in the early 1960's.
Here's the lowdown on The Blunderer...
For two years, Walter Stackhouse has been a faithful and supportive husband to his wife, Clara. She is distant and neurotic, and Walter finds himself harboring gruesome fantasies about her demise. When Clara's dead body turns up at the bottom of a cliff in a manner uncannily resembling the recent death of a woman named Helen Kimmel who was murdered by her husband, Walter finds himself under intense scrutiny. He commits several blunders that claim his career and his reputation, cost him his friends, and eventually threaten his life. The Blunderer examines the dark obsessions that lie beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary people. With unerring psychological insight, Patricia Highsmith portrays characters who cross the precarious line separating fantasy from reality.Jessica Biel is Clara, the deceased wife with the husband and murder suspect, Walter Satckhouse, played by Patrick Wilson. Poots is a woman Stackhouse lusts after with British actor Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) playing another murder suspect.
Highsmith wrote several books which have been made into movies included The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train, and most recently The Two Faces of January which sadly flopped. Really hoping The Blunderer captures Highsmith's psychological insight better. Oh, and long before that comes out, we'll see another Highsmith adaptation: Carol also known as The Price of Salt. also shot in Cincinnati standing in for New York. The film, a story about a young retail clerk who falls for an older woman is set in the 1950's and stars Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Sara Paulson. Or will we? How do you feel about seeing a lesbian love story on screen? Will straight women watch it or do is it a lesbian-only affair? Being made with A-list actors, will Carol meet the same controversial reception as Brokeback Mountain or will it be embraced by mainstream audiences?