Ivo van Hove may certainly be the director of the moment and paired with Hollywood A-lister Jude Law his stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film 'Ossessione', itself an adaptation of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', makes for big news. It's slow, contemplative and strangely unrewarding and as a vehicle for the stage it overwhelms with expression and atmosphere but doesn't provide... Read more
Obsession, The Barbican
Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti’s penetrating social drama directed by Ivo van Hove.Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Hanna (played by Halina Reijn) at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Hanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.
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