Dancing in the Dark
Director: Leon Marr
Screenwriters: Joan Barfoot, Leon Marr
Along with The Decline of the American Empire, Leon Marrâ€™s first feature also participated in the Directorâ€™s Fortnight at the recent Cannes Festival. Based on a book by the novelist Joan Barfoot, Marr has managed not only to successful transfer an internal work to the screen, but also to insinuate himself into a womanâ€™s mind with uncommon ease. And he elicits a beautifully refined and charged performance from Martha Henry, one of Canadaâ€™s finest stage actresses.
Dancing in the Dark is centered around the perfect marriage constructed by a middle-aged housewife. Her life is paced out in the routines of domestic rituals which rarely takes her outside her carefully constructed gilded cage. Living in the shadow of her husbandâ€™s career, she is blissfully happy to be the silent partner in his climb up the corporate ladder. Her world is ordered and safe, until one day she becomes aware of her husbandâ€™s betrayal, a revelation that shatters her tidy haven of domestic bliss and affects her sanity.
- Dramatic Feature
- 1987, Sundance Film Festival
- Canada, 98 min.