A young female medium on tour sees a hitman killing a whistleblower in her vision. The killer finds out about this and plans to kill her as well. The skeptical police, her manager father and a curious journalist try to protect her.
Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.
Martha Travis is a medium who makes contact with spirits "on the other side" and connects them with their loved ones still alive, in public performances. Trouble begins when she gives a message to Mary Kuron from her husband, Tom. But Tom isn't dead - yet. And Martha not only knows he will die, she also knows who killed him. And the murderer knows she knows. Her exploitative elderly alcoholic father and manager, Walter Travis, and Gary Wallace, a skeptical investigative reporter fascinated by the story who eventually falls for Martha, try to protect her, and so does the skeptical police - or do they.Written by
Yuval Kfir <yuval.kfir@Indigo.co.il>
Rosanna Arquette hired a real-life psychic called Laura Day and prepared for the role together with Day and her own acting coach Susan Batson. However, their interpretation of the way Martha should act during her seances was vetoed by director Mike Hodges. He wanted Martha's act to be a subdued performance, and not one filled with energy and emotion like that of a televangelist. After a serious clash over this, even though quite upset, Arquette eventually gave in and agreed to play the scene the way Hodges wanted. She later agreed that when it comes to these seance scenes, his colder and 'more English' approach did indeed give better results than her more lively 'American' approach. See more »
This is not a film everyone would enjoy. It takes a poke at an old and established con game -- for want of a more precise term, fake mediumship -- and then stands it on its head.
Before an audience in a mining town, Arquette's character tells various audience members of their losses, while the victims are still alive! She's proved to be wrong, and then, later, the persons die in the manner she describes. This happens more than once. Had she been a local lady, she might have been a murder suspect, or possibly hanged as a witch.
The story builds slowly, and each incident just throws another log on the fire, making the atmosphere murkier and more mysterious. The film opens ambiguously and ends the same way.
As noted before, not for every taste. But for those with the appropriate taste buds, the taste of this is rich and flavorful.
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