Luchino Visconti’s groundbreaking feature film Ossessione, based on the novel
The Postman Always Rings Twice, gave rise to italian neorealism. In short, raw, brutal scenes, Visconti tells the story of two lovers at the edge of society: the attractive wastrel Gino, and Giovanna, a young, unhappily married woman who tries to escape her poverty-stricken life. Together, they conspire to murder Giovanna’s husband, but the crime drives the guilt-wracked lovers apart.
Obsession is the fourth Visconti adaptation by Ivo van Hove, director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Featuring a company of British and Dutch performers, it transposes the aesthetics of neorealism to the stage to devastating effect. Gino is played by Jude Law, one of the leading actors of his generation.