Don't Look Now

  • 15
  • Nicolas Roeg (1973)
  • UK / It
  • 105 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

A fiercely erotic scene of love-making between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie forms the sensual core of this supernatural chiller, which offers a time-distorted vision of terror set in wintertime Venice, portrayed here as a hostile city of brooding silences and fog-shrouded canals. After the death of their young daughter, church restorer Sutherland and wife Christie take their grief with them to Italy, where the spectral presence of their child draws them into a labyrinth of cryptic signs and doom-laden portents. Adapted from a Daphne du Maurier short story, this is director Nicolas Roeg's masterpiece - the fear-drenched mood of alienation is sustained right up until the unforgettable climax.

Plot Summary

Nicolas Roeg's supernatural thriller, adapted from Daphne du Maurier's short story, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. Following the tragic drowning of their young daughter, John and Laura Baxter go to Venice - he to work, she to recuperate. There they meet two sisters, one of whom claims to be able to communicate with the dead child. Caught up in the bizarre events that follow, the Baxters are drawn inexorably toward a mysterious and forbidding fate.

Cast and crew


John Baxter
Donald Sutherland
Laura Baxter
Julie Christie
Hilary Mason
Clelia Matania
Bishop Barbarrigo
Massimo Serato
Inspector Longhi
Renato Scarpa
Anthony Babbage
David Tree
Mandy Babbage
Ann Rye
Johnny Baxter
Nicholas Salter
Christine Baxter
Sharon Williams
Detective Sabbione
Bruno Cattaneo
Adelina Poerio


Nicolas Roeg

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Mar 2001
Certificate 15
Optimum Releasing