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"Nothing is as it seems."

  • Jun 10, 2009
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Following the death of their daughter, Laura and John Baxter (Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland) are living in Venice, where John is restoring an old church.  They meet a strange pair of women, one of whom is a psychic who claims she can see their dead little girl.  This fascinates Laura, but then the woman says John is in mortal danger.
This is a very well-made, creepy thriller.  Filmed in the shadowy, crumbly alleyways of Venice, it is chock full of red herrings and dripping with atmosphere that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Everyone seems to be a potential threat, every action is suspicious, even if we don't know why.  And the soundtrack adds just the right eerie touch.  Christie is young and beautiful, Sutherland is moody and complex; they have great chemistry together and share a scene that surely should have been rated X. 
Based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, this is a dark, dreamlike movie filled with so much tension that you may think twice about that Venetian vacation.  Highly recommended.
DVD Sutherland

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November 11, 2009
Great film! Very beautifully done yet extremely eerie. This one actually creeped me out a tad. ;-)
November 11, 2009
Thank you! Yes, this movie just oozes creepiness.
 
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Director: Nicolas Roeg
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: December 9, 1973
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Allan Scott, Chris Bryant
Runtime: 1hr 50min
Studio: Casey Productions, Eldorado Films, D.L.N. Ventures Partnership
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