The Reckless Moment
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The Reckless Moment
A blend of melodrama and film noir, The Reckless Moment stars Joan Bennett as Lucia Harper, a suburban housewife whose husband is away on business. Her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), an aspiring artist, has fallen for Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), a shady older man from Los Angeles who claims to be an ex-art dealer. One night, after a secret rendezvous in the Harpers' boathouse that turns into an argument, Bea accidentally kills Darby. When Lucia discovers his body in the morning, she panics and dumps it in the lagoon instead of contacting the police, who would surely charge her… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It certainly makes for the purest and most impossible love of [Max] Ophuls' films, and for me, the most emotionally compelling."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"a rather original take on what is usually a very pedestrian setup"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"A very engaging thriller..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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