Berberian Sound Studio Monday, 16 September 2019

Berberian Sound Studio

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Threatening scenes, violent themes and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    A very sound film.

  • Starring:

    Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco, Susanna Cappellaro, Suzy Kendall, Layla Amir, Eugenia Caruso, Chiara D'Anna, Antonio Mancino

  • Directed by:

    Peter Strickland

  • Running time:

    92 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    Vegetables get smashed. A woman is forced to listen to a deafening tone. Raised knife, knife attack, people struggle. Satanic etchings (opening credits). Drowning, dead baby animals, woman thrown out window, hair-pulling, molestation, red-hot poker inserted into vagina, human sacrifice, massacre, killing, torture, severed heads mentioned. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloodied corpses mentioned. Blood on clothing (theatrical).


    A woman discusses being touched on her breast. Kissing, fondling. Fake orgasm mentioned.


    Alcohol (champagne, wine). Smoking.


    A-words, bastard, slang and actual terms for male and female genitalia and bodily functions, derogatory terms for females. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    Vintage horror movies, giallo films, film-making, audio production, sound effects, foley, life imitating art, mental instability, anxiety.


    Spiders, dog, cockroaches, cows, power blackouts. Devil, goblin, witches, witchcraft, curses mentioned. Mix of Italian and English languages (subtitled).


    Genius, exceptional, darkly comic, thrilling, memerising, weird, atmospheric, transcendent, claustrophobic. Fantastic period set design. Striking performance from Toby Jones.


    More sensory than dramatic. Slender narrative.

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