Secret Beyond the Door Reviews
The story of a woman strangely drawn to this mysterious but undeniably dangerous gentleman she meets on her travels abroad.
Filled with strange & psychoanalytical performances the story can hide it's many holes.
However is has some stunning shots with near perfection lighting, so the look of the film is top notch.
The biggest problem with this film is the explanation of why Mark wants to kill Celia. She reminds him of a childhood trauma that his mother inflicted on him, which was, wait for it...she locked him in his bedroom when he was ten for a few hours, which clearly means he has harboured feeling of deep loathing for his mother ever since. Turns out it wasn't even his mother who locked him in, but his sister. This whole explanation as well as the thinly veiled hits dropped by the psychoanalyst during a tour of the murder rooms makes it so unbelievably implausible that the fairly strong opening is undermined.
Unlike "Rebecca" this film lacks rationale or even a plot that makes sense, but its odd mixture of chick flick, thriller, Freudian study, philosophical work, and above all, its excellent cinematography, give it an eerie vibe which far transcends the merits of the film on its own.
In short: it shouldn't be any good, but by a stroke of luck and/or genius, it bloody well works.