In order to cope with the grief of their recently passed daughter, a young married couple travel to Venice, where they experience a series of mysterious occurrences. Adapted from a short story by Daphne du Maurier.
A very interesting blending of several genres – though it follows the conventions of the thriller and horror genres, there is a heavy emphasis on the psychological element of grief and the dramatic twists that life can take. Innovative in it’s editing structure as well, with flashes through time, as well as inter-cutting between related scenes.
Surreal, thought-provoking, chilling and strange. Directorial mastery from beginning to end.
Superb use of color, association and mise-en-scene. Numerous homages to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, as well as influence from Marcel Proust, Jorge Luis Borges and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Despite controversy on it’s initial release, the film’s reputation has grown considerably and is now considered a must-watch classic, perhaps Roeg‘s Magnum Opus.
Don’t Look Now Cast: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Renato Scarpa