SUS­PIRIA

★★★★★

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Amer­i­can stu­dent Susie Ban­nion (Dakota John­son) ar­rives at the pres­ti­gious Markos Dance Academy in West Ber­lin in au­tumn 1977, shortly af­ter the dis­ap­pear­ance of stu­dent Pa­tri­cia Hin­gle (Chloe Grace Moretz).

The miss­ing girl made out­landish claims to Dr Josef Klem­perer (Tilda Swin­ton, un­der heavy make-up) and the psy­chother­a­pist won­ders if there might be a germ of truth to her rav­ings.

Klem­perer in­ves­ti­gates and seeks an­swers from one of Pa­tri­cia’s friends, fel­low stu­dent Sara (Mia Goth).

Mean­while, Susie rises to the chal­lenge of tute­lage un­der the for­mi­da­ble Madame Blanc (Swin­ton again), whose un­con­ven­tional prac­tices raise the eye­brows of teach­ers Miss Tan­ner (An­gela Win­kler) and Miss Ven­de­gast (In­grid Caven).

Sus­piria is a phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally drain­ing re­make of Dario Ar­gento’s 1977 su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror set at a dance academy, which is home to a coven of witches.

While the orig­i­nal film was a blood-soaked ex­er­cise in brevity and hal­lu­cino­genic vi­su­als, en­hanced with a creepy score cour­tesy of Ital­ian prog-rock out­fit Gob­lin, Luca Guadagnino’s re­make runs al­most one hour longer and in­dulges the theme of moth­er­hood to woozy ex­cess.

Swin­ton’s per­for­mances in mul­ti­ple guises are a source of con­stant de­light but bloat the pic­ture’s ex­ces­sive run­ning time.

More is sim­ply too much.

Dakota John­son as Susie Ban­nion in this drain­ing Ar­gento re­make

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