Suspiria ★★½

"We must break the nose of every beautiful thing."

I don't even know where to start! I've seen Luca doing press for this and proudly referring to himself as a 'maximalist', and that shows through every frame of this film, which is quickly revealed to be an exercise in excess and annoyance. There's so much being thrown around here, and not much of it sticks. It's nearing the event horizon of post-plot.

It's also surprisingly ugly? How come no one is talking about hoe desaturated this whole thing is, and just how awkwardly it moves and progresses, jerking you around from scene to scene. It seems sloppy, and would be even worse if it was a deliberate choice. SUSPIRIA is really hard to look at, especially when the central cast is putting in really great work! Smash zooms, split diopters, 360-degree pans, etc. and all of it acting in contrast to everything else.

Still, I can't front - the ending scene/prologue made me cry a lot. I won't elaborate on that, but I was almost in ugly cry mode. Give Tilda an award for this. Give Thom an award, too. Please. They elevate this project significantly and outright carry it on their backs at times.

There's so much to be written about macro-themes - the setting and the relationships between the women come to mind, especially - and I can't wait to read more about it, but the way they are explored in the film is unsatisfying to say the least. I'll come back to it, but I'm excited to learn a lot about it in the meantime.

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