There's one great idea in OLIVIA. An engineer falls in love with a prostitute on London Bridge. Four years later (when the bridge is reconstructed in Arizona) he meets someone who looks exactly like her. Is it the same woman? Unlike VERTIGO, this low-rent remake is not about psychological depth. Lommel's artful aesthetics and wife Suzanna Love's total commitment elevates the sleaze. De Palma would've crushed it.
An early period Ulli Lommel film showing why he was a master in the field at one point. Olivia is a decadently twisted, psycho-sexual shocker full of Hitchcock-esque twists, with similar psychological layers and dimension of the Freudian demons that haunt its title character. A tragic fairy tale that's powerfully effective, emotionally disheveling, and masterfully directed, Olivia is an under-seen diamond.