Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★★½

"Keep dancing! It's so beautiful!"

Suspiria is quite a 'full' film. It's so 'full' with rich meaning that it's quite impossible to immediately comprehend.
It's almost a direct antithesis to the original, focusing on story over style (although it's still very stylised, and reminiscent of 70s filmmaking tropes), the colours are a lot more desaturated in comparison to the technicolour original, Goblin's pounding Synth score is replaced by Thom Yorke's poignant and experimental soundtrack. It's not a remake, it's a bold reimagining, that holds unbelievable thematic depth. More reserved, but so much more meaningful and developed.
Suspiria presents a dance studio, riddled with witchcraft and troubled by a divide that is a representative microchosm of the societal divide present in 70s (German) society; it's a fantastical concept placed it a brutal contemporary reality. It's also an allegory for guilt and the holocaust as well as a portrayal of family and motherhood, with hints of queer undertones.
It's an intriguing take on the original, that is understandably flawed, sometimes underdeveloped but also quite overwhelming; regardless of this, Suspiria must be seen and then seen again, despite it's divisive reception. Suspiria is an enigma, and it's damn good.

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