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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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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

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.

October 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.

April 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.

April 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

an intriguing, elliptical enigma that confronts us with our own complicit voyeurism, even as it leaves us unsure what exactly we have seen - or overlooked.

November 6, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm likely somewhere in the middle with an appreciation for what Sims-Bennett was aiming for but a sense of frustration that certain elements simply didn't come together.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4.0 | Full Review…

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