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.
Apart from the two detectives and a handful of minor roles, many without speaking lines, the entire cast of Suspiria (2018) is female; even Dr. Klemperer, who is credited as "Lutz Ebersdorf", is played by Tilda Swinton in heavy make-up. Given his comments that this interpretation's visual style is inspired by the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this could be seen as director Luca Guadagnino's tribute to Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), which was comprised of an entirely female ensemble. Also indicative of this Fassbinder tribute is the casting of Ingrid Caven as housemother Miss Vendegast. In the early 1970s, Caven was married to Fassbinder and appeared in many of his movies.
What do you ask?
Olga: To die.
Patricia: Mother... Mother, we're so tired.
Mother Suspiriorum: What do you ask?
Patricia: To die. I want to die.
Mother Suspiriorum: Sweet girl, what do you ask?
Sara: To die.
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.
Just before the credits end, Susie reappears and makes a small gesture to the camera.
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€421,216 (Italy) (6 January 2018)
$2,474,044 (USA) (16 December 2018)
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