lucan’s review published on Letterboxd:
"What do you ask?"
I first saw this two months ago and it blew my freakin' mind, and I couldn't stop thinking about it for about a month. I logged it, barely reviewed it and didn't rate it (something I've never not done with a movie)...and after a rewatch, it was still extremely difficult to come up with a rating - but I have now settled with a strong 8/10, but this is undoubtedly a film as special as a 9.
On my first viewing, I watched it without subtitles. This was completely accidental but by the time I realised, I was too drawn to the film to turn it off - so I stuck with it. Now some of you may be confused right now but it honestly might be a better movie and certainly a more unique experience that way. On my first viewing, the lack of subtitles made the witches more mysterious and ultimately more eerie, as well as giving the movie a constant subtle edge. Now, I've learnt that it's very on-the-nose with subtitles and almost removes the mystery and subtlety of the witches entirely. When we understand what they are saying in their meetings, it is like we are in the meeting with them but when we don't understand, it's like a constant build of unease in your stomach. "What did they just plan?" and before you know it, a meat hook is jammed into your torso. Understanding the German gives you time to react to the meat hook, and I prefer not having the reaction time.
So, those of you out there who don't know German, I beg you to try it without the subtitles on a rewatch. It's dream-like, trust me.
Thom Yorke's melancholy pierces through an atmosphere to create the best score of 2018, witches scream "Markos!" and sleep beside David Bowie posters and Tilda Swinton plays three different characters, one of which an elderly man. Suspiria is magnetic, visceral and unbelievably memorable; Argento's version is nothing compared to this.
Luca Guadagnino, I bow.
Weirdly feminine and oddly beautiful.
"I am Mother."