Young dancer enlists in a German ballet company in an sinister Argento cover advanced by Luca Guadagnino’s ultra-aesthetic, grotesque madness.
During her entire upbringing in mennonite Ohio, Susie Bannon has dreamed about dancing in Helena Markos’s dance company. When she arrives in Guadagnino’s Berlin in 1977, it is in a city torn between latent Nazi sympathies and the terror of the Baader–Meinhof militant group. Susie quickly assumes a leading position in the ballet group, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a power struggle between the aging founder Helena Markos and the teacher Madame Blanc. Guadagninos take on the Argento classic is a consummate cinematic experience, a dizzyingly beautiful feministic dance epic about skewed hunger for power, meat hooks, and German postwar trauma.
- Olle Agebro