Secret Ceremony

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"It's time to speak of unspoken things..."
  • R
  • 1968
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 6.2  (2,535)

Secret Ceremony is a psychological thriller movie that was produced in 1968 by Joseph Losey. The movie stars Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, and Mia Farrow. In Secret Ceremony, we follow the story of two individuals who meet and form an eerie bond that ends up leading them down a path of destruction. The film begins with Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor), who lives in a large mansion in London. She is emotionally unstable ever since her young daughter was killed in a car accident, and she has been searching for a way to fill the void ever since. One day, while walking in the park, she sees Cenci (Mia Farrow), a young and naive prostitute, trying to commit suicide. Leonora brings Cenci back to her mansion and decides to keep her there as a surrogate daughter.

Cenci, who has just lost her own mother, is initially hesitant at the proposition, but she ultimately decides to go along with it. As the days go by, Cenci becomes more attached to Leonora, and they both start to rely on each other emotionally.

Things start to get a little strange when Albert (Robert Mitchum), Leonora's estranged brother, comes to visit. Albert is a shady character with a history of abuse towards his sister, and his sudden appearance starts to unravel the stability of Leonora and Cenci's relationship.

As the story progresses, it becomes clear that all three characters have been harboring dark secrets, and their intertwined pasts start to come to light. The relationship between Leonora and Cenci evolves and becomes increasingly ambiguous, with both characters oscillating between maternal and romantic feelings towards each other. The tension builds up as the motivations of each character become clearer and more sinister.

Secret Ceremony is an interesting and thought-provoking movie that touches on themes such as grief, loneliness, and the search for connection. The performances are what really carry the film, with Elizabeth Taylor delivering an emotionally raw and nuanced performance as the unstable Leonora. Mia Farrow is also excellent as Cenci, bringing a certain naivete and vulnerability to the role that makes her character endearing, but also somewhat tragic. Robert Mitchum rounds out the cast as the menacing and unpredictable Albert, adding an air of tension to the scenes he is in.

Joseph Losey's direction is also worth noting, as he creates a claustrophobic and unsettling atmosphere that perfectly matches the movie's themes. The cinematography, production design, and score all contribute to creating a sense of foreboding and unease that lingers throughout the film.

Overall, Secret Ceremony is a haunting and complex movie that lingers in the mind after viewing. It's not a movie for everyone, as it deals with some heavy themes and has a slow pace, but for those who appreciate psychological thrillers with strong performances and atmospheric storytelling, it's definitely worth checking out.

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    6.2  (2,535)