Cinema: Compulsion & Salvation

The Mark (Continental). Pale from jail, a young Canadian accountant takes a job in a small city in the British Midlands. What was his crime? The movie makers let the moviegoer wonder, and while he wonders they invite him to like the young man. He is serious, decent, good at his job, but obviously afraid of something—something in himself? He reports to his parole officer, the psychiatrist (Rod Steiger) who treated him for three years in prison. As they talk, the past cracks open like a troubled tomb and horribly yields up its specters.

A forceless father, a smothering mother, an adolescence...

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