Thursday, April 30, 2009

Don't Look Now (1973) aka AS Venezia... Un Dicembre Rosso Shocking

4 / 5
Tagline: A Psychic Thriller
Directed by: Nicholas Roeg
Written by: Daphne Du Maurier, Allan Scott
Actors include: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christy, Hilary Mason
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 110 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy/UK

What a strange film this one is. I've heard extremely positive things about this and the rating is impossibly high nearly everywhere I look. I'm afraid I found this to be a little disappointing really as the ending left me feeling relatively disatisfied and with many questions. I can't give that away at all because really that is what makes the film so interesting and it's quite a well guarded secret. I can however give you a bit of the premise, you see Donald Sutherland has some sort of psychic ability only he doesn't know it. He and Julie Christy have two children together, a boy and girl who play down by the pond, but the little girl drowns. Then they run into a psychic who says their daughter is with them, and it goes on from there. It's very confusing up until the end but artfully shot, and very well acted. There is a really long and dull sex scene between Donald and Christy and now I've seen too much! Although this does have several things going for it like gloomy atmosphere and quite a twist (and a frightening scene for those afraid of heights) I didn't think it was exciting or scary as promised. Still it's worthwhile and interesting, perhaps this is one of those things that needs to be seen multiple times for full effect.

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