Thursday 14 June


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David Hugh Jones | 1983 | GB | 95'

He: 'You remember the form: I ask about your husband and you ask about my wife.'
She: 'Yes of course. How is your wife?'

Betrayal, the semi-autobiographical play by Harold Pinter was taken to the silver screen in 1983 by David Jonas. Although the film is about him (the protagonist) and her betraying their best friend and husband respectively by having an affair, the actual betrayal is far deeper and intrinsic than our protagonist knows. In reverse chronology the film reveals the history the oblivious protagonist has believed to be, and rewrites it with what actually was the case. Years and years of guilt and secrecy transform. The reverse chronology of the screenplay and the intimate, closed-off spaces in which the haunting scenes take place haven proven brilliant for its adaptation to film (in space and time it can be compared to Scenes of a Marriage - Ingmar Bergman, in reverse). The reverse chronology of the film is probably the film's strongest device for disentangling the intricate combination of lies, guilt and illusions around this affair. Add to this the remarkable performances of Ben Kingsley (icy), an oblivious-to-everything Jeremy Irons, and a strikingly enigmatic Patricia Hodge… Chill-ly, revealing and brilliant.


Date & Time: 

Thursday, 14 June, 2018 - 21:00


  • film


  • Classic


5,- (Cineville card valid)
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


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opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by CineInterzone), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.