I'll be dead in a minute; just wanted to say good-bye. Bad Timing
is a 1980 psychological thriller directed by Nicolas Roeg.
Lovers Alex (Art Garfunkel) and Milena (Theresa Russell) meet in Vienna. But before that, they break up. And before that, they have sex for the first time. But before all that, they have sex for the last time. This all comes after she is rushed to the hospital after an attempted suicide. It's just that kind of story.
Also features Harvey Keitel
as a self-admittedly bad detective,
who interrogates Alex while Milena's fate hangs in the balance in a nearby emergency room. The story of the doomed relationship unfolds via this interrogation, and as such is presented out-of-sequence, often returning to a couple key points of the narrative as the detective repeatedly questions Alex about the parts of his story that don't add up.
Eventually the timeline of the movie jumps to events after the interrogation, as the detective continues his investigation, which leads him down some interesting paths that involve Milena's estranged husband and secret government operations.
But all that isn't really the point. The real focus of the movie is of the obsession and instability that governs the two lover's tryst, and the dark side to the lust that fuels it. Be prepared for plenty of histrionic screaming fits
and uncomfortable sex scenes.
Bad Timing provides examples of: