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In this stylish and atmospheric psychological thriller reminiscent of Henry James's _Turn of the Screw_, a widowed English writer brings a young, glamorous new bride to his bleak, isolated home in rural spain. She soon becomes obsessed with her 12-year old stepson, who she learns has just been expelled from school for mysterious offenses; while the boy enjoys, exploits, and feeds her increasing paranoia about him. That he is a brilliant and lonely child is obvious. But is he the victim of a neurotic woman's overwrought imagination-- in Shakespeare's words, the innocent flower, or the serpent under it?
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|Release Date:||1972||Production Date:|
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