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Love never dies in Brian De Palma's psychological thriller, though money certainly complicates matters. Rich New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) lost his beloved wife Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold) and their daughter during a botched kidnap rescue, after he chose to let the police try to free them instead of paying the ransom. Sixteen years later, Michael returns to the Tuscan church where he and Elizabeth first met, and he sees Sandra Portinari (Bujold again), the mirror image of his dead wife. Despite the reservations of his long-time friend and business… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Another of De Palma's fearlessly experimental whims."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"...[represents] the worst of DePalma's movies (but his worst is still a whole lot better than most directors' best)."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This is the movie not the perfume; its smell is not quite as captivating."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In spite of Vilmos Zsigmond's overrrated, overly diffuse photography, this is a surprisingly poignant mystery about love, loss and, well, obsession."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"DePalma as he starts spiralling into sub-Hitchcock."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Solid DePalma, which means it is very mediocre Hitchcock."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"...Not the deeply felt soul-searcher that is Vertigo."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
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