Looking for a really good thriller, I spotted "Fascination," with Jacqueline Bisset and was sure that with her and the cast, my husband and I had found the perfect summer film on DVD. What a disappointment. Although Bisset rallies to the role, the same cannot be said of the other actors. The dialogue is painfully inept at conveying anything in the least bit sexy, provocative or psychologically intriguing. The cloying, saccharine musical score doesn't help. Whereas the music in "The Swimming Pool," or "The Wide Sargasso Sea," enhances, heightens the dramatic intensity, mystery and sensuality, the musak in "Fascination," undermines whatever potential drama there might be. The characters other than Bisset and her unfortunate first husband seem too infatuated with themselves to be erotically convincing. As an ensemble cast, they seem indifferent to both the story and their audience. Magnificent bodies and sexy entanglements are not enough, in my opinion, to compensate for the pedestrian acting and rather predictable plot.
Jacqueline Bisset deserves better and so do we viewers.