Luca Guadagnino follows up Call Me By Your Name with a reimagining of Dario
Argento's 1977 film Suspiria, reuniting with his A Bigger Splash stars
Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton.
Johnson is Susie Bannion, a young American student joining a mysterious
dance academy in Berlin led by the enigmatic dance teacher Madame Blanc,
played by Swinton. But missing students and weird goings-on hide a dark
About 50 mins longer than the original it adds unnecessary details from the
era with constant references to the Baader Meinhof gang and an added
character of an aged psychotherapist with his own back story. This
certainly makes it a little hard going past the halfway point.
In its favour, it's visually strong, opting for a less lurid but no less
striking palette than Argento's film.
Bound to be divisive, Suspiria 2018 has enough going for it to make it
worth a look but anyone expecting more of the art house friendly fare of
Call Me By Your Name are going to be shocked and disappointed.