Anthony Higgins in 1990s
This is one of my most favorite movies.
Some may think that the main role in the film is the greatest happiness for an actor and the only one who knows the cinematography inside would say that it is hard work, often not bringing not only the glory and wealth, but also disappointment in acting.
Once the Canadian director Eddy Matalon took Angus Hall's novel "Qualthrough" and changed it into a script. The history of the banker and his adventures was bright, colourful, hard, with elements of horror and comic, tragedy and social criminal farce. The word "comedy" was first on the list. The director has taken the necessary steps to implement this project and do everything to get some excellent actors - Andrea Ferreol, beautiful Leslie Hope, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Ironside and Anthony Higgins for the leading character.
Very specific sense of humor and unusual points of view of life have made this picture one of the most interesting films of the early 1990-s. When "Sweet Killing" was released in Russia, critics met it very friendly reviews. I quote in full (delete Igor Arkadyev's article, because it's worth it (taken from http://year93.newmail.ru © Igor Arkadyev):
"Louise has acted on the nerves of her husband. She did what she wanted, spoke what she wanted and did not provide her beloved husband any signs of attention, and almost told him 'to go to hell'... And then the husband said some strange words about unknown Zargo. And one evening, in appointed hour, clock's doors opened and an angel released an arrow, Louise was killed ...
What's good in this movie? First, its atmosphere. The atmosphere of the crime that was committed and which should not be punished. Secondly, the characters. Louise's husband and his mistress had to meet each other - and they met each other. The third is its unpredictability. Even five minutes before the final picture you cannot say what how it will end. If, of course, you did not read Angus Hall's book (though, I have not read and I cannot vouch that it has anything to do with the movie). And fourthly, the visual solution: director of photography and scene designers had a good time working on the scenes. In the fifth, actors: chic ensemble of professionals, including F. Murray Abraham, an Oscar-winner for the role of Salieri in Milos Forman's "Amadeus." It is possible to add 'in the sixth', 'in the seventh' and even more, but better just to say that this movie is not for everyone. Many may not come to taste its slow style of narration, its peculiar sense of humor, its non-Hollywood tendency to subtext. Nothing surprising as the picture was not filmed in Beverly Hills, but in Canada."
The article says nothing about the main character, but it is he who moves the movie. What is in character - one whole thing or some opposite peoples? There should be one, but "Sweet Killing" Adam Cross, the same banker, has many faces and too many ideas in his head, that makes you puzzled a little. It seemed to me, for Anthony Higgins this role was difficult, his style of acting is changing in every episode, with each new turn of plot. Tears? Laughter? Comics? Neurotic psychopath? Man in love? Masks are changing, but the viewer is not able to understand what is in this man. Subtexts came out of depths, and sometimes you have an illusion, that half of the script is missing.
Participation in "Sweet Killing" was a good experience for all the actors, and piece of luck for Anthony - he worked with the best actors of his time, and as it is said "There is a good dance with a good dance partner", and the fifty/fifty success is a success all the same, especially for an actor who embodies a sophisticated director's conception and has not had too many leading parts in his own career.
I love this movie; it reflects my sense of life. Do not trust the annotations, the film is not about what is in written words. See it in good company, and laugh throughout the movie!
Promo photos are at "Movie promotional photos".