Alice, a young translator, finds the real world slowly merging with her recurring nightmares as she tries to solve the puzzle of her recent memory loss. A postcard leads her to the island of Garma where the locals seems to know her. Is she who she thinks she is? And what significance does her dream of an astronaut abandoned on the moon have? A haunting, beautiful and unconventional giallo.
I'd hoped for more. Nice cinematography, but otherwise it's another missable movie about a woman who may or may not be bonkers.
A psychological thriller with sci-fi leanings, which starts well and builds intrigue but in pursuit of a less than satisfactory conslusion.
A woman with a memory clouded by prescription drug use begins a journey into her past which becomes a descent into madness. Quality performances by the ever brilliant Nicoletta Elmi & Florinda Balkan and a nice cameo by the quite mad Klaus Kinski.
The movie is interesting, the atmosphere is intensified by a wonderful classical score from Nicola Piovani.
Florinda Bolkan is outstanding in her role!
Every now and then I stumble upon a film which I have not only never seen but know nothing about that turns out to be incredible (don't we all?). This is one of those films. The less you know about it the better so I'll just say the plot is totally engaging and the cinematography is gorgeous.
This has been lumped under the giallo sub-genre, possibly because of its director Luigi Bazzoni (also responsible for The Fifth Cord), but most likely because it is such a hard film to get a handle on. The genre and film share certain psychosexual elements but the usual horror, Grand Guignol and eroticism present with giallo films is strangely absent here.
The film opens on the surface of the moon as an unconscious astronaut is abandoned by his colleagues as part of an experiment. Soon he dies of panic and asphyxiation. The rather startling opening is revealed to be the dream of a woman (Alice), played by Florinda Bolkan (a regular collaborator of Lucio Fulci), who has unexpectedly lost two days…
Having never heard of this film and seeing it had an interesting premise could not have prepared me for this haunting giallo. It will leave you cold and lonely after its viewing. Its also beautifully shot by Vittorio Storaro with a neat little appearance by Klaus Kinski