Truly one of the great resurrections of the home viewing era. Ah, glorious archeology! What a discovery! I had to watch it a couple times in order to properly assimilate what I had just experienced. And it improves, man. It grows. Formally and rhythmically alive like art ought to be. Agile. Welcome to black & white 'Scope heaven! Patricia Gozzi gives one of the finest performances by a teenager in all of cinema.
I know not everyone will share this experience, but for me discovering this movie was like coming out of a fog and into the light, more alive than before. George Delerue's score is gorgeous, as is the setting, as are the performances. The film haunts me--in the best possible way. Highly recommended.
Patricia Gozzi looks like a young, feral Juliette Binoche, with all of her emotional intimacy. Dean Stockwell is young and beautiful and in his "James Dean" phase. The last 20 minutes fizzles compared to the intensity of what proceeded, but it is a minor flaw. Check this out if you can.