01 September 2014

Don't Look Now (1973)
110 min.
Directed by Nicolas Roeg.
With Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato, Renato Scarpa.
Nicolas Roeg's wonderful arthouse horror film set in Venice.

Laura and John Baxter (Christie, Sutherland) are devastated after the accidental death of their daughter (a stunning and powerful scene showcasing Roeg's directorial flair). The couple retreats to Italy for some emotional healing and rest.

But once there, the emotionally drained couple meet two odd elderly sisters, one of whom is a clarivoyant. She claims to be in touch with the Baxter's dead daughter...has visions...premonitions of things to come...

John is skeptical, but Laura is in need of comfort, and is drawn into the two sister's claims.

Meanwhile, a serial killer is plaguing the mist-laden streets of Venice. A strange figure wearing a red rain slicker, disappearing as fast as it appears and successfully eluding the police.

Could there somehow be a connection for the Baxters between their dead daughter, the clairvoyant woman, and this brutal serial killer? What could it be?

Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, this one has to be seen to be experienced.

Surreal, beautiful, scary and wonderfully acted. Controversial at the time for its scene of Christie and Sutherland making love.

A must see for horror buffs, pretentious arthouse film students, and any mixture thereof.

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