The twisted tale of a Manhattan lavatory attendant begins in a borrowed Princeton blazer. It’s the 1950s. Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, weaves a tangled web of haunted obsession and yearning. In fact, the unabridged title The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley disturbingly sums it up.
Although quite unsettling, the film’s portrayal of the endlessly romantic Italian landscape is fodder for the eye. Gary Jones and Ann Roth’s costume design is nothing short of inspiring. It’s an impeccable choice to silently project during your Summer backyard tea/garden party.