After losing their daughter in a drowning accident, a married couple (Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie) in Venice on business start to think they’re seeing their daughter around the city in this classic horror thriller from director Nicolas Roeg.
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From the Golden Age of Paranoia Thrillers (the 1970s) comes the exact midpoint between Hitchcock and Lynch. Plot-wise, we're in the realm of schlock or pulp (serial killers and clairvoyants wandering about), but the rigorous visuals carry it into the realm of dreams, hitting a sweetspot where just enough is left said and unsaid to make it both lucid, coherent, and aimed directly at the subconscious. A masterpiece.
Not exactly a sex scene you'd want to watch with your grandma in the room, but why was it so controversial? Down-to-earth sex scenes between two partners, sans-airbrush, out of love, is something we need more, not less of.