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In Torino, Celine, an American model, is abducted by a taxi driver while en route home to meet her sister Linda, visiting at her apartment. The next morning, Linda reports that Celine is missing - the sergeant in charge directs her to F.B.I. agent Inspector Enzo Avolfi. He's from the Special New York City Department investigating a serial-killer that kidnaps foreigners to destroy their beauty. When a Japanese woman is found at nearby a fountain, Enzo and Linda find that the girl is calling the abductor's skin is "Yellow" in color and Linda concludes that the guy might have jaundice. They go to the Policlinic di Torino to find the killer. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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In Torino, the American model Celine (Elsa Pataky) is abducted by a taxi driver while driving home in Piazza Victoria to meet her sister Linda (Emmanuelle Seigner) that has just arrived in her apartment to visit her. On the next morning, Linda reports in the precinct that Celine is missing and the sergeant in charge asks her to go to the basement to meet F.B.I. Inspector Enzo Avolfi (Adrien Brody) from the Special New York City Department that is investigating a serial-killer that kidnaps foreigners to destroy their beauty. When a Japanese woman is found moribund nearby a fountain, Enzo and Linda find that the girl is calling the abductor "Yellow" (Byron Dreida) and Linda concludes that the guy might have jaundice. They go to the Policlinic di Torino where they disclose that Flavio Volpe might be the sought killer.
"Giallo" is a stylish but unoriginal and predictable thriller of Dario Argento. I am a big fan of this Italian director, therefore I can not agree with reviews that evaluate his work as mediocre. However, I would expect much more from Mr. Argento that uses a story that gives the sensation of déjà vu to the viewer without any surprise. I love also to see the gorgeous Emmanuelle Seigner and she never disappoints in the role of a desperate woman seeking out her sister that is missing in a foreign country. Adrien Brody is restraint and quite bureaucratic in the role of an inspector with a traumatic past. The powerful soundtrack is another good attraction of this movie. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Giallo Reféns do Medo" ("Giallo Hostages of the Fear")
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