Le Orme (1975)

Genres - Romance  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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This odd yet intriguing Italian effort is not for all tastes but it's got a lot to interest those who are already into European genre fare. The script for Le Orme is an intriguing mix of Italian mystery in the giallo style with the kind of paranoid thriller that had become internationally popular during the mid-1970's. The central role of the conflicted, possibly insane heroine is a challenging one but Florinda Balkan handles the role's demands nicely, creating a performance that shifts from sympathetic to frightening to match the story's twists and turns. There's also effective supporting work from Peter McEnery as a potential love interest who never lets on as much as he knows and Nicoletta Elmi as a creepy little girl who pops in and out of the heroine's experiences. Finally, Luigi Bazzoni's direction gives the film the hazy, dream-becoming-nightmare atmosphere it needs and his work is enhanced greatly by gorgeous photography from Vittorio Storaro and a delicately melodic score by Nicola Piovani. In short, Le Orme straddles the thriller and art-house genres with disarming ease and this makes it a must for cult film enthusiasts with a yen for European filmmaking.