R | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
David Kajganich wanted the dance to directly reflect women's "movements and emotions," so the inspiration for the choreography came from female dancers Mary Wigman, Pina Bausch, and Sasha Waltz. Modern dance is notably much more integral to the plot of this remake than ballet was to its original version Suspiria (1977), despite both being set in dance academies.
Dr. Josef Klemperer:
Patricia wrote about "Three Mothers" lost to time, predating all Christian invention. Pre-God, pre-devil. Mother Tenebrarum, Mother Lachrymarum and Mother Suspiriorum. Darkness, tears, and sighs.
At the end of the ritual scene, one of the deceased dancers on the left side of the screen clearly has their head showing, but in the next shot it's edited out again.
The film's title is inconspicuously announced at the end of the opening credits, appearing in the mise-en-scène on an overhead sign Susie walks beneath in the U-Bahn station.
English, German, French
$184,037 28 October 2018