Don't Look Now (1973)

R   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.


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23 November 2020 | TheFearmakers
| And Don't Lose Focus...
Never let your young daughter play outside, around water, and if she plays with dolls, why a windup military man with a gas mask?

That aside, caution is the pulse to Nicolas Roeg's strange thriller DON'T LOOK NOW taking place in Venice where marrieds Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie deal with their daughter's prologue-drowning a few years prior...

And while Christie is always scene-stealing, the mainline is Sutherland's John Baxter, restoring the antique ruins of a Catholic church and, while most likely an Atheist, he cares more about the significance of Catholic art than priest Massimo Serato...

The best scenes involve Sutherland's dark, brooding journey into the ancient city of channels surrounding by gorgeous, dilapidated buildings, and inside, the famous overlong sex scene between the couple gets in the way, seeming like Roeg finishing an unrealized student film than what he (and she) is really going after...

Julie Christie's haunted Laura is more in touch with her deceased child because of a creepy yet gentle, blue-eyed Hilary Mason, a blind seer led around by a talky sister, but Sutherland's as aloof to that concept as the priest is to the restoration...

Meanwhile, the second half gets into a Neo Noir investigation with baby-faced detective Renato Scarpa...

But the memorable scene is buried till the end, and you'll know where THE BROOD children came from after witnessing the most nightmarish of nightmarish female demon dwarfs in an eclectic, arthouse horror that, while all over the place textually, does have a destination... just as long as you know who to follow. And what's following them.

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