Can someone explain the movie Don't Look Now?
January 22, 2013 3:11 AM Subscribe
I loved the movie "Don't Look Now" (1973) but I have some questions about what exactly was going on. [spoilers follow, of course]
posted by pete_22 to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Googling turns up very few answers -- instead there's a lot of ponderous writing about how "there are no real answers" and it's really about "the geography of grief" or tensions in a marriage, and the whole supernatural/horror element is secondary.
I realize there's something to this, but I also want there to also be a coherent explanation of everything that happened. Can you help? Here are some of my specific questions:
1. What's the meaning of the brief shot near the beginning where the blind woman and her sister are alone together and both laughing hysterically? Is the blind woman really psychic or are they running some kind of con?
2. What's the explanation of the extra photo on the dresser in one of the two different rooms they stay in?
3. Is the dwarf in the red cape a real person, a figment of Donald Sutherland's imagination, or an amalgam of the two? (e.g. a single real person who's not actually wearing a red cape, or various strangers who happen to be wearing red or something who he hallucinates into his daughter)
4. In the climactic scene where he's chasing the red caped whoever, he knows it's not really his daughter, right? He never calls this person by his daughter's name and seems to address them as a stranger. So who does he think it is?
5. Is Donald Sutherland actually killed in the way that's depicted on screen? Is the killer (whoever they are, whatever they really look like or are wearing) the serial killer that the police have been hunting?
To be clear, I understand (I think) the larger twist, that he's been having and misinterpreting visions of his own death. It's these details that are still bugging me.