31 Favorites #2: Don't Look Now


Honestly guys, I can't even look at this picture without feeling a little vomity. The feeling of seeing this film for the first time is a bit like watching a train wreck in slow motion - it's dreamlike and dreadful, and your gut knows what is about to happen, but when it actually does...well...shit.

Don't Look Now is about a married couple (Julie Christie and, let's face it, Donald Sutherland's magnificent afro) who lose their young daughter in an accidental drowning. When a job offer in Venice comes up, they take it, thinking that it will aid them in forgetting their tragic loss.

And I guess you can say in the end, it does. The ending is one of the most shocking, horrifying and unexpected things I've ever seen in my life. I'm talking about a complete "heart in my throat" freak out. And I can't say that about many films.

Three Things I Love About It:

  1. The use of Venice's twisting passageways and canal system are put to great allegorical effect as the characters try to navigate their newfound grief amidst constant reminders of what they've lost (didn't they realize that Venice is basically a sinking, soon to become giant, watery grave???).
  2. I also love the slow burn pacing of the film. It FEELS inky and ominous. There's a nightmarish quality throughout, kind of like when you wake up in the middle of the night confused about what time and day it is. It's this foggy confusion that makes the end such a jolting punch to the gut.
  3. Did I mention Donald Sutherland's 'fro?

Fantastically dark and twisted, you could do a lot worse than watch Don't Look Now this Halloween season. Hope you enjoy it!