Leonora, a prostitute, mourns the death by drowning years earlier of her daughter. She encounters a strange waif-like girl, Cenci, who bears a strong resemblance to her lost child. Cenci is herself struck by the great resemblance of Leonora to her own mother.
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That's the kind of film I like! Intriguing but still understandable, not so evident though because you have to be intellectually active during the projection, searching for references, hidden analogies or symbols the director spread throughout the film. Masterpiece.
A superbly strange psychodrama from director Joseph Losey. Excellent performances - particularly from a beguiling Mia Farrow and Robert Mitchum at his sardonic best - and an eerie, absorbing atmosphere of restrained intensity. One of Losey's very best, and a true classic that deserves to be better known.
Embarrassingly bad attempt at emulating Pinter. The actresses are given free range to indulge themselves in sense-memory histrionics. Can't quite figure out why Mitchum agreed to appear. What was up with that beard?