The Passenger

I finally got a copy of this obscure and studied film about one man's decent into isolation and despair by assuming the identity of his dead comrade in Africa. David Locke (Nicholson) is ambiguous in his desire to escape his life as a war correspondent in Africa and not sure of what he wants or where he wants to go. He crosses paths with an equally mysterious and beautiful liaison played by Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) who plays Bonnie to Locke's Clyde as they elude bad men across Africa and Europe.

I thought this film's story was intriguing but left me wanting to know more about how Nicholson's and Schneider's characters came to such a desperate place. You do get some flashback's into Locke's past but little is revealed about the "Girl" and almost seems like a figment of Locke's imagination or maybe a sort of guardian angel. Anyway, the film is another masterpiece by the legendary director Michelangelo Antonioni and great early Nicholson film.

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