Berberian Sound Studio

  • 15
  • Peter Strickland (2012)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Shy sound engineer Gilderoy (a masterfully restrained Toby Jones) leaves Surrey and the world of nature documentaries to work on a lurid Italian horror film in Katalin Varga writer/director Peter Strickland's evocative celebration and sly deconstruction of 1970s Grand Guignol cinema. Thrown by the shock images for which he supplies sound effects by hacking away at various vegetables (the grotesquely violent scenes are never shown) and by the unpalatable behaviour of the people around him - a sex-crazed director, sleazy voice talent, a supremely unhelpful secretary - Gilderoy becomes increasingly disturbed. As the film takes its toll on this mild-mannered man, Strickland cleverly forces the viewer to question what they are hearing and how it keys into Gilderoy's spiralling nightmare. Some knowledge of the genre would be useful for deciphering some of the film's more esoteric pointers, but even without that familiarity this is a dazzling curio in which every sound effect reverberates with multiple meanings.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Toby Jones. A reserved sound engineer from Surrey is hired to work on a grubby Italian horror film and becomes ever more disturbed by the experience.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gilderoy
Toby Jones
Elena
Tonia Sotiropoulou
Francesco Coraggio
Cosimo Fusco
Santini
Antonio Mancino
Silvia
Fatma Mohamed
Elisa
Chiara D'Anna
Veronica
Susanna Cappellaro
Claudia
Eugenia Caruso
Chiara
Lara Parmiani
Lorenzo
Guido Adorni
Special scream performance
Suzy Kendall

Crew

Director
Peter Strickland

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 31 Aug 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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