Donít Look Now
SHADOWS MUST SEE MUST-SEE
dir Nicolas Roeg
scr Alan Scott, Chris Bryant
with Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato, Renato Scarpa, David Tree, Ann Rye, Nicholas Salter, Sharon Williams, Bruno Cattaneo, Leopoldo Trieste
reissue UK 23.Mar.01
Warner 73/UK 1h40
4 out of 5 stars
R E V I E W   B Y   R I C H   C L I N E
Roeg's atmospheric thriller is so subtle that it hardly feels like a thriller at all. John and Laura (Sutherland and Christie) head for Venice after the death of their young daughter, but thoughts of her continue to haunt them. While John works restoring a crumbling church, Laura meets two creepy British women (Mason and Matania), one of whom is a blind psychic. Soon there are hints of death and injury, eerie feelings of familiarity, and lots of foreboding glimpses of ... well, something.

The film simply gnaws at you from start to finish, setting up perplexing little set pieces that you're not sure how to take. Meanwhile the clever, inventive Roeg inserts several of his trademark wacky histrionic shots to keep us on our toes! But the best thing about the film is the central marriage relationship portrayed by Sutherland and Christie--it's natural, edgy, fascinating and quite sexy, all complicated by the loss of a child and the confusing series of events in Venice. If the film gets a bit hyperventilated and strange as the internal tension increases, at least there's still this solid central core to keep it gripping ... and darkly moving.
strong adult themes and situations, language, violence, nudity cert 18 15.Mar.01

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