The Element of Crime ★★★★★

Some of the most elegant and imaginative super - impositions and transitions grace this dreamy, sepia -toned mystery of a film. Combine this with the quiet and turgid narration from a main character recalling events under hypnosis and you have a compulsively watchable movie. The plot is beside the point, or could be if it weren't so intriguing.

The occasional flashes of blue-green light throw it all into hyper- reality.

And then there's the sort of Greek chorus commentary of the Egyptian hypnotist's remarks...

The only film I can compare it to is Hearts of Glass. Fantastic. Six out of five stars.