That Cold Day in the Park (1969) DVD9 and Blu-Ray
Frances Austen (Sandy Dennis ) lives a lonely existence. She has a small group of friends, all of whom are much older than herself. They are all, most likely, friends of her mother who died some time ago, leaving Frances an apartment that overlooks a park.

One cold and rainy afternoon while entertaining her friends, she notices a young boy (Michael Burns) sitting alone in the park. She connects immediately with this vision and assumes he is poor and homeless. Once her friends have left, she ventures down to the park and invites the boy back to her apartment to get warm and to dry off. After he accepts an offer of a hot bath and food, Frances begins to tell the boy all about herself. Her communication, however, is one sided, as the boy doesn't speak at all. The fact that he appears to be mute seems to suit Frances, as she takes on a mother figure role, a remedy to her loneliness. She then invites him to spend the night in the guest room, which becomes in time, almost permanent.

Within a short time, Frances develops some disturbing traits. She has the companion that she has longed for, and has plans to stop him from leaving. He discovers his door locked at night, and every time Frances leaves the apartment. One night he escapes through the window, and visits his sister, Nina (Susanne Benton ). It is at this point that more of the young man's character is revealed.

He returns to her apartment, and soon after, Frances becomes even more obsessed with him. The young man has become more than a companion in her eyes, and sexual tension lingers. It is very clear that Frances has had little experience in intimacy. As more secrets are uncovered and bizarre behaviour intensifies, we become aware that a tragic conclusion awaits...

Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns, Susanne Benton
Country: Canada, USA

• New video interview with critic and filmmaker David Thompson, editor of Altman on Altman (28:16)

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:46:49 | 6.77 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:46:54 | 35.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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