The Haunting Of Julia
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Réalisateur : Richard Loncraine Editeur : Pvb Éditions Parution : 01/03/2006 Nombre de DVD/VHS : 1 Classification : Horreur Saga : LE CERCLE Acteurs : mia farrow - keir dullea - tom conti - jill bennett Support Type de support DVD Zone 2
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Bien qu'il soit fort méconnu, ce film a largement mérité sa récompense. Il s'agit en effet de l'un de mes quatre ou cinq films fantastiques préférés.
Cette histoire de fantôme ou de hantise (là réside toute l'ambiguïté du récit) est admirablement servie par un scénario des plus sournois. Le roman de Peter Straub ("Julia") dont il est adapté m'a paru inférieur au film (fait assez rare pour être mentionné ici).
En plus de son scénario intelligent, "Full Circle" bénéficie de plusieurs atouts de taille : l'interprétation troublante et magnifique de Mia Farrow (dans l'un de ses plus beaux rôles période "Rosemary's baby")), la mise en scène ultra maîtrisée et asphyxiante de Richard Loncraine (l'intérieur de la maison de Julia est filmé avec un sens du mystère et de l'angoisse remarquable), et surtout la musique sublime de Colin Towns, la plus belle qu'il m'ait été donné d'entendre dans un film fantastique.
L'intrigue du film s'avère somme toute classique (comme l'était aussi celle des Autres avec Nicole Kidman), mais elle est pervertie par une narration vicieuse qui finit par devenir déstabilisante.Lire la suite ›
Mia Farrow, une musique de Colin Towns et une fin inoubliables pour un film très élégant superbement tourné à Londres (très beau Cinemascope et photographie somptueuse)...l'édition Blu Ray/Dvd idéale serait la suivante:
format respecté 2:35, commentaire audio du réalisateur Richard Loncraine, du chef opérateur Peter Hannan, de Mia Farrow, scènes coupées, bande-originale en piste isolée, making of, bande-annonce...rêvons, rêvons!!!
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Mia Farrow excels in the title role of Julia. She has a unique ability of expressing fragility that few other actresses can acheive without making you want to slap them. You only feel compassion and empathy for the character of Julia while watching her face the unknown and try to work out who or what is trying to make contact with her in the big lonely house she has retreated to. The mood of the film reminded me a lot of "Don't Look Now", but the structure of the story is more similar to "The Changeling", in so far as having a grieving parent make contact with the spirit of a long dead child while recovering from the trauma of their own loss. I'm not sure which is the better of the two ghost stories, but "The Haunting of Julia" is certainly the slower of the two and lasks the complex secrets and supernatural manifestations of "The Changeling".
But that's not to say that this film is without effective scares. One of it's nastier surprises is the opening scene in which Julia's daughter actually dies - it's a cruel and upsetting death that unsurprisingly leaves Julia with a huge sense of guilt - and a horrible scenario to imagine for any parent. The remainder of the film spends a lot of time exploring Julia's state of mind, so don't be surprised if you feel as though not a lot of "haunting" is actually going on...but if you are prepared to enjoy this as a character study of an unbalanced woman, the revelations of the story will become much more effective. The acting is good all round as is the camera work, with a lot of slightly soft-focus shots adding a sombre mood to many scenes.
I am not going to reveal any more about the plot, which is a shame because that means I can't tell you about the amazing ending. It's not totally unexpected, in fact there is every indication that the film expects you to realise that it is inevitable, but it's still incredibly poignant - probably more so for that very reason, with a very, very slow final revolving camera shot that gives a quite chilling effect to the scene. Worth waiting for.
The film as a whole is also worth your time - if you can find a copy, as there is currently no DVD release, which is a shame considering the trash that keeps turning up on DVD these days. Possibly something of a lost film, it has never had a huge following outside of a small cult fan-base. This could easily change with the right marketing, along with restoring it to it's proper widescreen ration, as the video copy I used to have was in pan 'n' scan, which ruined the presentation generally but also seriously mis-framed a lot of very important shots. I'd love to see it in widescreen, and if it came out like that on DVD, I'd buy it without hesitation.
Mia Farrow is perfectly cast as poor vulnerable Julia an American heiress living in London with her husband who seems more interested in her cash than her. When their beloved eight year old daughter tragically chokes to death at breakfast (if they had only known the Heimlich maneuver) her all ready weak marriage falls apart and she rents a huge furnished town home though her husband and his sister continually make efforts to woo Julia and her money back. In her new home Julia senses the spirit of a child trying to make contact with her and after a seance is held and the medium reports "horrible things" she is determined to find out more. A string of tragic deaths follow Julia as she researches the house's history and at the film's very sad conclusion the viewer realizes the meaning of the alternative title FULL CIRCLE.
The film is very creepy and atmospheric thanks to both the dreary London location and the haunting score that perfectly complements the film. Like many good ghost stores there is some ambiguity left as to whether this is a haunted house movie, a story of the living being possessed by the dead or just a tale of a person losing their sanity. Although the plot is basically coherent there are a few scenes which are confusing and the film would be better if they were more clearly rendered. The movie is based on Peter Straub's novel JULIA and I understand many people find the book much superior to the film and I have just placed it on my "to be read" list.