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Year
1981
Runtime
124 min.
Director
Andrzej Zulawski
Genres
Drama, Horror
Rating *
7.4
Votes *
13,008
Checks
3,013
Favs
477
Dislikes
49
Favs/checks
15.8% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    The first half is perhaps the most intense display of directing and acting I've ever seen. Adjani and Neill firmly set the benchmark for emotional anguish among dysfunctional couples! The second half of the movie is where things starts becoming bizarre as Adjani's character knocks down the door to la-la land and Sam Neill starts grinning and scheming as if he is mixing up his act with that of his other 1981 performance in The Omen III. Sprincle on some special effects and one has to ask - what the fuck is going on? - great fun nonetheless and somewhat interpretable until the floating dead dog scene. After that it was anyone's guess as to what was going on. Jolly good package, but perhaps it went too far. 6 years 11 months ago
  2. Agrimorfee's avatar

    Agrimorfee

    Sam Neill and Isabele Adjani deserve some sort of Medal of Bravery for their work here (ESPECIALLY Adjani). 7 years ago
  3. FilmWalrus's avatar

    FilmWalrus

    Quite possibly my favorite film and one that never fails to fascinate me no matter how many times I rewatch it (though I sometimes have to work up the nerve to put it in). It's rare for a single film to try so many different things all at once and I think it loses a lot of the audience because of its unique combination of extremist elements: high-strung intensity, an east-euro paranoid vibe, body-horror surrealism, oblique symbolism, eerie frenetic camerawork and some of the most overwrought (but brilliant and fully-committed) performances. I loved this film long before I understood it, so I can only speculate on how one could convince the unbelievers to stick with it.

    I've seen most of Zulawski's other works and while they are often intriguing, nothing quite approaches his masterpiece.
    8 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #76 in BFI's 100 European Horror Films
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