Luca Guadagnino's cover of the 1977 giallo cult-classic by Argento, is no reboot or prosaic horror homage. It's not some Hollywood shot-for-shot, but rather a sombre and arresting supernatural period piece. A slow-burn examination of the bleak cultural terrain of Cold-war Berlin and a study on the Coven as an allegory for artistic intelligentsia.
A visual and audible feast taking the essence of Argento's eye and ear and binding these unique motifs to a compelling and grounded narrative.
There is a real sense of 'Sturm und Drang' brimming deep within Tilda Swinton's performance, channeling her embodiment of artiste par exellence: Pina Bausch through a sensually horrific re-imagining of the visionary choreographer.
Do yourself a favour! This is new-wave Euro cinema at it's bloodiest and most poignant.
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