(subtitle: or have I lost it?)
I’m not really sure whether this shouldn’t be in GQ, but since it is not a [i[Great* Question and is about movies, this seemed more appropriate.
A couple of years ago I’ve seen a seventies/eighties movie on television about a girl in her twenties who wakes up one morning and finds her boyfriend lying on the kitchen table with a (samurai?) sword sticking out of his chest. He’s dead (not to keep you in suspense any longer). Problem is, she has amnesia and only gradually remembers the night before and how this came about. The movie is about her piecing everything together.
I’ve asked this question before on rec.arts.movies.past-films, but unfortunately no-one could answer me. The thing is I can’t for the life of me remember the plot, and am still curious about it. I can’t remember the name of the movie either. Pretty ironic when the subject is a movie about amnesia, huh.
For additional detail: the movie was not a murder-mystery or a thriller, which leads me to believe that it was a seventies movie (less well-defined genre boundaries). It was more like an After Hours atmosphere, but a bit less surreal. The apartment was what you’d expect from young people (students?) living in a big city, except that it was (as far as memory serves) a bit more spacious than usual. The girl did not have a long aversion against her boyfriend or other motive for wanting him dead (though I’m not sure whether somewhere during the lost night something happened). Another thing: it is not about a moviestar waking up with a dead guy lying in bed next to her; that was a rather different movie.
If no-one can help me, I’d also be interested in being reminded (in spoiler box) of the plot of Last of Sheila. Seen that as a kid, was impressed by it, as seems to be everyone else, apparently, but cannot rent the movie over here.
Thanks for your attention.