Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer) plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's penetrating social drama directed by award-winning Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge, Hedda Gabler). Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction
Visconti's first feature film Obsession (1943), based on James M Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, gave rise to Italian neo-realism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval. As van Hove's fourth Visconti production, it features a company of Dutch and British actors led by Law, whose charismatic stage and screen performances have established him as one of the foremost actors of his generation.
Beaming live from the Barbican, Obsession is one of four Toneelgroep Amsterdam plays presented here in 2017.