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A recently-divorced private investigator, mourning the death of his son and facing bankruptcy, reluctantly takes on a surveillance job. Anticipating the assignment to be routine, he soon witnesses a series of bizarre and unexplained happenings, drawing him into a world of intrigue and horror that slowly begin to consume him.

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Critic Reviews for Observance

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

  • Sims-Dennett's slippery take on manipulation and madness ushers in a welcome return for the messy obfuscation and creepy indeterminacy formerly found in the neurotic cinema of the late '60s and early '70s.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Joseph Sims-Dennett's Observance bundles voyeurism, blind obedience and grief up in a package that is already plenty disturbing before the biological horrors slink in.

    May 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A clever, low-budget exercise from the young Australian-based director Joseph Sims-Dennett, Observance is a hybrid of two familiar brands of psychological thriller.

    Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A twitchy, icky, genuinely unsettling psychological thriller about a private investigator who takes on what appears to be a simple, well-paying job.

    Apr 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Putting its clichés and reliance on withholding information for the sake of mystery aside, there are some undeniably creepy moments peppered throughout.

    Jun 3, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Presented as more a thought piece than coherent story, Observance is a truly psychological film and effectively unsettling.

    Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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