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3.5
1,075 Ratings

Obsession

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1976
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt.

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Obsession Directed by Brian De Palma

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Score

National Board of Review

1976 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Camerimage

2017

Critics reviews

That’s clearly an expression of self-deprecating guilt from a writer who felt a little dirty turning Vertigo into a teary-eyed sick joke. But Bujold’s enthusiasm as a performer redeems the entire picture, especially when she’s asked to perform flashback scenes that shouldn’t work, but, thanks to her, represent another of De Palma’s fearlessly experimental whims.
January 19, 2019
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Replicas within replicas and dreams within dreams, the Brian De Palma position: “Beauty should be protected,” says the tycoon about to embark on a restoration of his own. A tale retold or rather remade, as befits the structure of Paul Schrader’s screenplay (with citations from Dante’s La Vita Nuova later recycled into Cat People) and the filmmaker’s reflexively tangled approach to the psychological thriller.
November 30, 2015
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…The 98 minutes of Obsession could hardly be stretched into the 120 of Vertigo without severe risk of monotony. And if the current film seems to differ most sharply from its source in its self-conscious awareness of its own deliberations (one does not feel that De Palma, like Hitchcock, is ever working close to his unconscious), it remains seductive chiefly thanks to Herrmann’s rich and affecting score.
October 01, 1976
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