After making Don't Look Now (1973) and The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976), Nicolas Roeg was quiet for a few years, he nearly did Flash Gordon and an unmade adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, but he settled on this project brought to him by producer Jeremy Thomas and writer Yale Udoff, this is one of Roeg's most upsetting and shocking films, but also one of his very best films. Set in Vienna, this is a story told in flashback and then some, focusing on a relationship between psychiatrist Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) and Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell). Milena was an army brat growing up on U.S. Army bases around the world, but she was married to Czech man Stefan Vognic (Denholm Elliot), and she comes over to Austria to start a new life, but she still goes back every now and again to see Stefan. When she meets Alex at a party, and it's love at first sight. Alex loves her care-free spirit to life and they have a relationship, but it's not long before Alex becomes bored, and notices her infidelities, but even after they split, he spies on her and can't get over Milena, and after a tragic incident, Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) tries to make sense over what happened. It's hardly the stuff of mainstream cinema, (distributor Rank HATED it), but Roeg brings the best out of his cast, and it has a good soundtrack from Tom Waits, The Who and Keith Jarrett. But, it does have some sickening moments, tastefully done though, including Garfunkel raping Russell overdosed and near comatose on drugs, before calling for an ambulance. Roeg knows how to provoke a reaction, non more so than Bad Timing.