Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★½

Luca Guadagnino takes the essential elements of Argento's film as the basis to create an ambitious and more cohesive work with its own personality, in which his characters navigate among maternity, pain and fragility. Suspiria is a disturbing film with unsettling images and a tense atmosphere resulting from a careful mise en scène and cinematography with cold and muted colours. Good performances by the cast, with a superb Tilda Swinton, and the strength and vigour of the hypnotic choreographies that embrace the viewer in their halo of beauty and violence.

On the other hand I have to say that the length is a little excessive; I think some digressions, the sub plot on the psychiatrist and, dare I say, even the political context that, in my opinion, does not work very well could have been omitted. The climax could have used a little restraint, and the epilogue is redundant, to some extent unnecessary, and lessens the impact of what immediately preceded it. Finally, I would like to point out that I didn't like Thom Yorke's music, it's distracting and I don't find it entirely fitting.

The new version of Suspiria is a bold and daring proposal that will hardly leave the viewer indifferent. In my case, and in spite of the negative aspects to which I have referred, I ended up surrendering to its oneiric perversion. In a way, I wish all remakes were like this.

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