Burden of Dreams

But 25 years after its release, Roeg's most precisely constructed film seems a bit weighed down by its predictable narrative. Its scariest moments—the glimpse of that small, red-coated figure disappearing into a doorway, or the soft sound of its sobbing before the final confrontation—are more powerful remembered than when they appear on screen. That said, the new print is gorgeous, and Christie and Sutherland, as the parents of the child who dies by drowning, actually convince you that they've been married for years and that their loss is slowly driving them crazy, albeit in different ways.

Head case: Salinger in La Sentinelle
Strand Releasing
Head case: Salinger in La Sentinelle

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La Sentinelle
Written and directed by Arnaud Desplechin
A Strand release
Opens October 16

Don't Look Now
Directed by Nicholas Roeg
Written by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant, from the short story by Daphne du Maurier
At Film Forum
October 16-19

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Roeg maps Sutherland's disintegrating psyche onto the city of Venice, with its labyrinthian alleys, murky canals, and crumbling facades. It's as perfect a setting for contemporary Gothic horror as the swimming pools of Hollywood are for the science fiction of Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth.

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