A woman is tormented by strange dreams of astronauts on the moon. She visits a deserted seaside town whose inhabitants know her even though she does not know them.


Luigi Bazzoni, Mario Fanelli (uncredited)


Mario Fanelli (novel) (as Mario Fenelli), Mario Fanelli (screenplay) (as Mario Fenelli) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Florinda Bolkan ... Alice Campos / Alice Cespi
Peter McEnery ... Henry
Nicoletta Elmi ... Paola Bersel / Paula Burton
Caterina Boratto ... Boutique Owner
John Karlsen ... Alfredo Laurenti / Alfred Lowenthal (as John Carlsen)
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli
Evelyn Stewart ... Mary
Miriam Acevedo Miriam Acevedo ... Alice's Supervisor (as Myriam Acevedo)
Rosita Torosh ... Marie Leblanche (as Rosita Toros)
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... (as Luigi Guerra)
Klaus Kinski ... Prof. Blackmann
Lila Kedrova ... Mrs. Heim


The translator Alice Cespi has nightmares with an astronaut left alone on the moon and is addicted in sleeping pills. When she goes to work, she is fired since she missed three days without any justification. She returns home and finds a torn postcard of the Garma Hotel in Garma and decides to visit the seaside touristic place. She stumbles upon the weird girl Paola Bersel, the stranger Harry and other locals that believe she is a woman called Nicole. Along the days, Alice tries to unravel the mystery of her missing days. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She can remember only fear!


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Crew member visible reflected in mirror when Alice wakes up in the Peacock Room. See more »


Alice Campos: [Last lines] My name is Alice. I am Alice Campos. This time I will not run away.
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Very Good Surreal Mystery
30 September 2005 | by novax67See all my reviews

This is actually a very good surreal mystery movie, despite the description that tries to sell it as a Sci-Fi movie. Balkan stars as a woman haunted by mysterious visions and lost memories that she is trying to piece together. She spends the majority of the movie trying to make sense of her visions. Very atmospheric and effective. It is true that Kinski does not appear very much in this film, but the staring actors are very good. There is only an English dubbed version available in the US, and the dubbing leaves something to be desired, but the actors do a very good job. The cinematography, by Academy Award winner Vittorio Storaro is excellent. An earlier Giallo by director Bazzoni, THE FIFTH CORD, is also excellent, and also lensed by Storarro.

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1 February 1975 (Italy) See more »

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Primal Impulse See more »

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Turkey See more »

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Cinemarte See more »
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