Observance

2015

Observance (2015)

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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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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…

What I know is that when those credits rolled, I had an instant, guttural reaction and here I am, days later, still in the throes of contemplation.

Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

Observance truly is Repulsion meets Rear Window, and I mean that in the most flattering manner possible.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

Sims-Dennett's ambitious low-budget effort obviously borrows riffs from Eraserhead, The Shining and other classics, but it's very much its own film. And a bloody creepy one too, mate.

May 11, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5

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…

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