(Raul Gederlini, Silvina Grippaldi, Luis Emilio Rodríguez, Gustavo D´alessandro, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+CD / R / 2016 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Two detectives must catch a serial killer, but their only chance to find him, is to solve the case of missing girl who disappeared 15 years ago.
DVD Verdict: OK, well, I had NO idea this film even existed until it showed up here for review - and now, well, WOW, I can't see my life having ever existed without having ever seen it! The story line is that it's been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of "impure and damned souls".
Inspector Bruno Moretti (Luis Emilio Rodriguez) and Detective Benito Succo (Gustavo Dalessanro), questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these "Dantesque" crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not be the same girl who everyone knew!
Again, I cannot recommend this highly enough as it is a truly stunning work of visual art from 1970's giallo. The creative illusions brought forth to trick our minds, our perspectives on what we think is unfolding within each framed sequence are top notch. Indeed, they are at times so damn convincing, so giallo-inspired, that I'd never have guessed it was made last year!
Sure, if you're not a fan of giallo-inspired films, this one will do nothing to change your mind. Hang on, what's that, you don't know what giallo even means?! OK, well, let's get that sorted for you right now: Giallo is a 20th-century Italian thriller or horror genre of literature and film, usually with mystery elements and often with slasher, crime fiction or, less frequently, supernatural horror elements. In Italy, the term simply denotes thrillers, typically of the crime fiction, mystery, and horror subgenres, regardless of the country of origin.
Also, and for the record, While Giallo means yellow, but the giallo movies are colored in blood red as a sly wink to the macabre nature of their outlying nature. Which defines 'Francesca' perfectly for the amount of the red stuff that comes forth is, yet again, not only subtle, but truly inspired by the way its shown re: 1970's giallo.
Not in the slightest bit interested in covering new ground or breaking the well-worn mold of pre-existing giallo, 'Francesca' is as good as it gets within this genre, of that have no doubt. So, and again, it isn't an old giallo brought forth and remastered it is a whole new movie, based on the giallo origins. So, if like me you treasure the old movies, and the thought of exploring a whole new one gives you the shivers, well, this movie is definitely for you, my friends.
'Francesca' has won several film festival awards including Best Director at Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre 2015, Best Production Design at Tabloid Witch Awards – Hollywood Investigator 2015, Weird Visions Award at Ravenna Nightmare 2015, Best Giallo Film at Crypticon Kansas City 2016, and Special Mention at Horrorant 2016 in Greece.
'Francesca' is out now as a wonderful, expansive Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo Limited Collector's Edition - and is a true must-see for giallo fans. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind The Scenes Featurette
Interview with Luciano And Nicholas Onetti
Unearthed Trailer Reel