Steven works as a psychology professor at Oxford University. A father with two young children, Steven has begun to feel stifled between family and academia taking up so much of his time. Enter Anna, a beautiful young student who completely grabs Steven's attention, regardless of the fact that she is already engaged to another of Steven's students, William. Joseph Losey's Accident is a complex, mysterious film that is difficult but ultimately rewarding for those able to stick with it. Accident is one of the most esoteric love triangle dramas one is bound to see, with Losey and Pinter intentionally keeping the viewer at a distance, further reinforcing the murky inter-relationships that exist between its host of characters. This is a film all about subtext, with very little given to the viewer directly except for the brooding underbelly of insecurity to keep them company. Steven is the centerpiece of the story, a very intelligent man whose let his insecurities consume him. He fears his loss of independence and growing old, but when Anna comes into his life he finds himself somewhat rejuvenated, though this sort of sexual stimulation only causes strife. Through this dense love story involving multiple men it becomes clear that Machoism is a central theme in the film, with nearly every character from William to Steven puffing out their chests in various ways in an effort to win Anna's affection. A Harold Pinter & Joseph Losey collaboration, Accident is an ambitious and impressively put-together relationship drama that is difficult but ultimately rewarding.
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