OBSESSION tells the story of Gino, an attractive vagabond, who stops at a small roadside restaurant and gas station. It is operated by Giovanna and Giuseppe. Giovanna is stuck in an unhappy and loveless marriage to an older man in order to escape a life of poverty. A passionate affair occurs between her and the vagabond. Together, they devise the plan to kill her husband.
Visconti tells the chilling story though a number of short and bold scenes that are exceptionally poetic and raw. Is freedom in poverty to be preferred over being restrained but wealthy? It makes Obsession a powerful social drama about what passion inflicts on people. How it irresistibly draws them towards each other and eventually leads to a fatal ending.