The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

Not Rated   |    |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.

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  • Asia Argento in The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
  • Asia Argento in The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
  • The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
  • Asia Argento in The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
  • Asia Argento and Dario Argento in The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
  • Asia Argento in The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

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18 April 2000 | cread
underrated intelligant thriller
La Syndrome di Stendahl has met cruel critical comments on its initial release but although it is not at all like his earlier work, it is in fact a far more intelligent and mature affair. Anna Manni, the character played by Asia Argento, has more compassion than any other character in an Argento film, quite unlike the carelessly created cartoon-like characters of his other work. It is true, however that the film drags slightly in the middle, although picks up the pace again for a surprising and beautifully directed finale; and although the film is not as bloody as tenebrae, the violence on display is brutal and sexual (leading to it being cut for release in Britain) and genuinely disturbing. Perhaps not as good as Deep Red or Suspiria, but definitely one of this unusual director's better efforts.

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