Girl by the Lake, The / La ragazza del lago (2007)

5.0 out of 5

The spirit of the film of Bido, Dallamano and Avati lives on in this contemporary thriller that, while not going to the excesses and convoluted absurdities of the classic giallo, still exhibits much of the familiar whodunnit formula .

Opening with the discovery of a body near a lake the film continues largely as a procedural that fans of 1970s Italian crime film should find agreeable and the Alpine filming locations around Laghi di Fusine are nothing short of breathtaking.

The film is based on a novel by Karin Fossum and director Andrea Molaioli won a Golden Globe for this debut feature. Highly recommended.

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