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Liff 2018: ‘Suspiria’ Review (2018)

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Choe Grace Moretz, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela, Angela Winkler, Vanda Capriolo, Alex Wek, Elena Fokina | Written by David Kajganich | Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Co. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, the woman she replaces breaks down and accuses the company’s female directors of witchcraft. Meanwhile, an inquisitive psychotherapist and a member of the troupe uncover dark and sinister secrets as they probe the depths of the studio’s hidden underground chambers.

To even dare to explain Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria would be a tragedy in itself, not because it would necessarily reduce the content or spoil your experience, but for anyone to actually have a fully compelling and articulated retort to the artistic impression on screen would be lying through their front teeth.

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