No Telling. 1991. USA. Directed by Larry Fessenden. Screenplay by Fessenden, Beck Underwood. With Miriam Healy-Louie, Stephen Ramsey, David Van Tieghem. DCP. 93 min.
“This sexual, political, environmental thriller is the year’s real Sleeping with the Enemy” (Jay Carr, The Boston Globe). Subtitled “The Frankenstein Complex,” No Telling is Larry Fessenden’s unholy cross between romantic pastorale and Grand Guignol horror, wherein the lovely Liliian Gaines, setting out to paint landscapes and get pregnant during her quiet summer retreat, discovers that her scientist husband has something far crueler on his mind. Trashed on its first release, No Telling has nonetheless aged well (like a finely cured bresaola?), an upsetting meditation on animal rights and environmental despoliation that has only deepened over time. Courtesy IFC Films