A classic crime story and passionate romance

Obsession

Ivo van Hove, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican

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Jude Law plays Gino, a stranger who ends up at Giovanna (Halina Reijn) and Giuseppe’s (Gijs Scholten van Aschat) roadside restaurant. A passionate affair arises between Gino and Giovanna. They forge a plan to murder him. Visconti’s Ossessione (1943) is both a classic crime story and a powerful social drama about what passion can do to people. Ivo van Hove has made a stage adaptation of the film with English and Dutch actors – which is based in turn on the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934). Obsession is his fourth Visconti adaptation, and a grim vision of the dangers and desperation of life on the edges of poverty.

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