REVIEW: Frantic Suspiria a messy, grotesque visual classic

This remake of 1970’s horror classic Suspiria is an equal parts frustrating and wildly frenetic endeavour, one which won’t be forgotten.

Starring Dakota Johnson — breaking free further from her Fifty Shades chains in this off-kilter performance — it’s a chaotic, undisputable contender for the most gorgeous film of the year.

When Susie (Johnson) joins a prestigious theatre company in Berlin, she begins to fall deep into a secret at the core of the group,run by women fascinated with the occult.

As Susie rises through the ranks, she finds not everything is as it seems in this transcendent world.

It’s visually surprising, disturbing and overwhelming, and with a three-character, gender-bending batch of performances from Tilda Swinton, it may just be her most ambitious work yet.

From Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadaginino, the film is one of the most challenging — and difficult to follow — films of the year.

I’ll need to re-watch it to get all the nuances, and the film is fantastic enough to warrant a second, engrossing viewing.

The only problem is mustering the courage to sit through the bloody, perverse ad exasperating affair again.

3.5/5 Stars

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