An Indecent Obsession is an Australian potboiler based on a novel by
Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds). It is set in a South Pacific field
hospital at the close of WW II, where Wendy Hughes (Sister, or Sis to her
patients) runs a ward for serious mental cases. Although she has no
psychiatric training, she does have a large measure of compassion, and has
done well with them. All that changes when a new patient arrives. Handsome,
polite, friendly, and seemingly normal, Gary Sweet soon occupies her thoughts
and her attention. A physical relationship is inevitable, but the other
patients don't react well at all.
The film was originally intended for TV, but with the writing credit and
the quality of the finished production, they went for a theatrical release.
While the pace is deliberate, the acting is top notch, and the film tells a
love story as it shows the
effects of war on the warriors.
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