No Future: Don’t Look Now (1973)
“Nicolas Roeg's trademark non-linear approach to narrative is put to unnerving use in DON’T LOOK NOW, a haunting adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's short story about a couple, John and Laura Baxter, who relocate to Venice in an attempt to come to terms with the accidental death of their young daughter. And that's just the start of a film that establishes such a mood of doomy anticipation that no one who watches it can ever again negotiate the narrow, labyrinthine streets of La Serenissima without wondering if they'll catch a glimpse of a small figure in a red raincoat flitting over a shadowy bridge.” — Anne Billson, THE GUARDIAN
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie give riveting performances as John and Laura, a grieving couple bound for Venice in Nicolas Roeg’s psychic horror masterpiece DON’T LOOK NOW. The late British director’s adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novella is one of the great supernatural thrillers of the 1970s, a scary, elliptical, and endlessly debatable ghost story about the haunting traces left by a dead child.
Roeg creates a masterful timescape of repressed memory and clairvoyant projections that would inspire filmmakers as disparate as Lars von Trier and Christopher Nolan. Come for the elusive, brilliantly woven narrative and emotionally raw performances, but stay for the striking images: of an ominous splotch of red paint, a precarious scaffolding come undone, and a child’s red raincoat, ominously reflected upside down and underwater.