An architect and his wife are haunted by visions of their dead daughter running through the streets of Venice, while the police chase a murderer that is running loose in the dark canals. DON'T LOOK NOW plays on several major themes, with the most prominent being that "Nothing is what it seems." This is constantly replayed in everything from John's restoration work to the thrilling climax . Julie Christie plays opposite of the great Donald Sutherland as the troubled married couple coping with their loss, as the two are faced with the prospect of communicating with their dead daughter through a pair of psychic sisters. The uncertainty of the sisters' motives drives the suspense just as much as the murders in town and the supernatural elements of the plot, since it they are not revealed to be friend nor foe until the closing act. Where the picture will find the most difficulty in attracting new audiences is in its deliberate pacing, which takes great strides in developing the characters and plot but lacks the action or frights of most modern ghost tales. The distinct 70s vibe and methodical delivery will appeal to fans of the similarly structured AUDREY ROSE or LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, where mood and atmosphere win over gore and violence. DON'T LOOK NOW holds a high standing alongside other Supernatural Suspense Thrillers, and is well worth the wait for the shocking finale.
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