A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
Susie Bannion is a young American ballerina who travels to Berlin to study dancing at the Markos Tanz Company, one of the world's most renowned schools under Madame Blanc's management. On her very first day, one of the students who had been recently expelled from the school is murdered. As this appalling happening does not seem to be an isolated occurrence, the brilliant new student soon begins to suspect that the school might be involved in the homicide. Her mistrust heightens when Sarah, one of the girls at the school, tells her that Pat, before being killed, confided to her that she knew and guarded a terrifying dark secret.Written by
At the end of the film a woman can be seen walking out of the front garden of Klemperer's former estate holding a book entitled "The Great Mother." The full title of the tome is "The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype" written by Erich Neumann. According to the description, the book "explores the Great Mother as a primordial image of the human psyche." The book also describes how the "feminine" can be depicted as a goddess or a monster. All of these themes are explored in the film, especially towards the end during the ritual. See more »
At the end of the ritual scene, one of the deceased dancers on the left side of the screen clearly has their head showing, but in the next shot it's edited out again. See more »
Part of the issue always is not being able to see your body in space. One angle in one mirror or on film is not enough. Movement is never mute. It is a language. It's a shape of energetic shapes written in the air like words forming sentences. Like poems. Like prayers.
When you jump, it's not the height, but the space beneath you that matters. Every leap into the air must be a coup de foudre.
I don't understand.
A strike of lightning. A bolt of love, in fact.
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The opening logos for Amazon Studios and K Period Media are animated sketches that fade into the dull white background for the opening titles. See more »
For the first half of the film I was really intrigued and impressed. Setting the story in 70s Berlin, with constant references to the Baader-Meinhof group/Red Army Faction, provided a strong atmosphere. There was also some really squirm-inducing, grisly action - different from the original film, but serving the same purpose.
But then this all went nowhere. I suspect that the writer didn't really know how to wrap things up, so they simply tried to overpower the viewer with visuals. But sometimes more is less. The original film left almost everything to the imagination. This one leaves nothing to the imagination. It was all a bit of a mess, ultimately. It left me very disappointed.
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