The Stendhal Syndrome

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"Murder is an art — and she’s the canvas!"
  • NR
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.0  (9,146)
  • 42

The Stendhal Syndrome is a psychological horror-thriller movie directed by Italian horror master Dario Argento in 1996. The movie stars his daughter, Asia Argento, as Anna Manni, a detective with the Italian police department who becomes the victim of a twisted voyeuristic serial killer. The movie opens with Anna Manni, a detective suffering from the Stendhal Syndrome - a mental disorder that causes dizziness, confusion, and hallucinations when the sufferer is exposed to a large amount of art. She travels to Florence to investigate a brutal murder that leads her to the Uffizi Gallery, where she becomes overwhelmed by a painting.

At the gallery, Anna is abducted and raped by a man who calls himself Alfredo Grossi (Thomas Kretschmann), a serial killer who preys on young women. Anna manages to escape and returns to Rome, where she struggles to cope with the traumatic events she has experienced. She develops a deep fascination with her attacker and starts to lose her grip on reality.

As the movie progresses, Anna finds herself going deeper into the dark and twisted world of her attacker. She starts to lose track of time and reality, and her hallucinations become more vivid and disturbing. She finds herself becoming more and more like the women her attacker preys on.

As Anna's obsession with Alfredo grows stronger, she becomes more reckless and puts herself in danger. She even goes to extreme lengths to get closer to her attacker, putting her own life in peril. Meanwhile, Alfredo continues his killing spree and eludes the police. The movie builds to a tension-filled conclusion as Anna is forced to confront her own fears and confront the killer.

The Stendhal Syndrome is a classic Argento movie, with a strong stylized visual style, a haunting score by Ennio Morricone, and plenty of violence and gore. The movie deals with themes of trauma, obsession, victimization, and identity. Asia Argento's performance as Anna is excellent, portraying a complex and nuanced character.

The movie offers a unique take on the classic horror-thriller genre, exploring the psychological aspects of terror instead of relying solely on jump scares and graphic gore. It's a disturbing and unsettling film that will leave you questioning your own sanity.

Overall, The Stendhal Syndrome is a must-watch for fans of Dario Argento and the horror-thriller genre. It's a disturbing, psychological film that offers a unique take on the genre and is a haunting and memorable viewing experience.

The Stendhal Syndrome is a 1996 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 42.

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