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By chance, a man sees his double in an Italian film of the early 1960s. Fascinated, he returns to see the film again and again, only to find the images changing with every viewing. Becoming addicted to his own image, he travels to Paris for another encounter with his doppelganger. In the tradition of supernatural tales of possession, L'ASSENZA is a film about the fascination that cinema exerts on us, a fascination implicitly narcissistic, morbid, even dangerous.

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