Genre Guesstimation – Betrayal (1983)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Virginie of The Wonderful World of Cinema and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies Based on Plays.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Virginie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies Based on Plays.

“[after his wife tells him that she’s been having an affair with his best friend] Where does it take place? Must be a bit awkward. I mean we’ve got two kids, he’s got two kids not to mention a wife.” – Robert

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Film that examines an extra marital affair between two people in reverse order.

My Take on it – This is a film based on a semi-autobiographical play that works quite well even on the screen.

The idea of having this film progress in reverse order is enjoyable and adds even more insight into the cause and effect of this relationship that runs its course over seven years.

The reverse order idea also allows us to see how things change over time and the backwards  perspective is quite an intriguing way to view these things.

The characters often describe events that occurred in their past and then a bit later we get to see these events play out and it lets us see things from an even different perspective. which feels new and fresh and makes it even more interesting to watch unfold.

The characters and sets used here are quite minimalistic and that helps create a very intimate look at the events that take place here.

This also helps the dialogue between the characters seem more within a border of sort that helps keep things enjoyable as the story moves along over the course of those seven years.

Great cast which includes Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons in two of the three key roles.

The one main drawback of this film is the fact that something constantly feels missing along the way that might have been able to make this story feel even more impactful.

Bottom Line – Great idea that gives us so much insight into what can cause such an affair to begin and how it progresses. The fact that it’s all shown in reverse order helps show us how things change over time and we get to see how things progress in an intriguing fashion. The way that the characters describe events that already happened and then we get to see them from a new and fresh perspective also helps make this quite enjoyable to watch unfold. The sets and characters are minimalistic and that helps create an intimate dialogue between the various characters as the story evolves over the course of seven years. Great cast that includes Irons and Kingsley in two of the three key roles. The one drawback of this film is the fact that something constantly feels missing that would catapult it to an even higher level of interest. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie and its source play, both called “Betrayal”, are most notable for having a reverse chronological narrative structure, whereby the story begins with its ending and moves in a direction to ending with the story’s beginning. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but not close enough. The story works really well and it show us the progression of the affair in reverse order but something is missing that would make it even more engaging for the viewer.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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