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A couple leaving their home is hauted by visions of the murder of an older women

I’ve been trying to find the title of this movie for years.  I’ve tried searching with Google and IMDB for hours but to no avail.

The basic plot goes something like this : A couple is moving out of their home when strange things begin to happen.  They start having visions of an older woman and a man (I’m not sure if they are husband and wife, can’t remember), the man clearly mistreating the woman and eventually killing her, and dumping her body in a river/canal/lake?.  The couple finally escapes these vision they believe to be haunting of the past, only to discover, when they meet the new tenant of their home, that what they were seeing was in fact the future, as these new tenant are the man and the woman they saw in their vision.  It’s the final punch of the movie.  I remember it ends on the face of the woman screaming when she recognizes the people from her vision.

I remember that the first thing that happens that’s weird is that there is a birdcage in the now emptied room of the leaving couple, and of course, it doesn’t belong to them.  I also remember that we see in one of the visions that the birds were killed by the future murderer to hurt the old woman.  I’m not entirely sure, but I think the old woman is drowned or strangled.  I’m almost positive that we see the murderer dumps her body hidden in a chest or a trunk in something like a river or a canal.

This is really hazy, as I saw this on TV when I was a child, at my grand-parent’s house.  This means that this movie was probably made somewhere between the seventies to the mid-eighties (it was in color).  It could be older than that, though, maybe a 1960's movie?  The movie was in French, but it could have been a dubbed film.

Does this rings a bell to anybody here?
asked May 28, 2014 in Name That Movie by Yamp44 (8 points)
reopened Aug 12, 2015 by NameThatMovie
"Screamtime" (1986)
From IMDb review:
For some reason, three British short films were turned into an anthology with framing segments about two stereotypical New Yorkers who steal some videocassettes from a Times Square video store and hide out at a friend's apartment to watch them. I found this movie on some lists of '80s slashers, and I was pretty confused for a while about why. The first story is about a cuckolded husband, his mean loser stepson, his shrewish wife, and a killer puppet. The third story is about fairies. But the second story, "Dreamhouse" is pretty fantastic. Newlyweds move into a house and the wife starts seeing things. She even consults a psychic who assures her that there are no ghosts in the house. What the wife IS seeing is the twist of this segment.

From IMDb: Compilation of three short horror films: "That's The Way To Do It", "Dreamhouse" and "Do You Believe In Fairies?" plus some new linking material.

You can watch it on YouTube:

I was thinking that perhaps that segment was part of an anthology series, but I haven't found it yet.
While there is some ressemblance in that short to what I described, I'm sorry to say this is not the movie that I am looking for.

I am pretty sure that the movie I am looking for is a full lenght movie, and the woman main character is blonde.  She's also not the only one having visions, as her husband as some too.

Also, they are not moving in a house, but moving out.  They're starting to see these visions as they are gathering their things before leaving.  The whole film is made to have you believe that what they are seeing is the past (the old lady is dressed in an oldish fashion and the decoration of the place feels a bit like the 60's).  I also remember that the man who'll murder the old lady is wearing glasses.

Still, I really want to thank you for trying to help me.

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Unless you can actually track down a copy, this is going to be hard to verify but I think this is an episode of "Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense" called 'In Possession'

Read the reviews rather than the synopsis...

And there's a mention of the old lady's birds here...

Edit: found it online (I can't vouch for the safety of the site as I've not used it before) & it seems to tick all the boxes...
answered Jun 1, 2014 by gettinblurry (3,757 points)
selected Jun 2, 2014 by Yamp44
That's it! :D  Thank you so very much!  It's been bugging me for years, and now, I know how it's ccalled and can start searching for it.

Really, thanks a million! :D
Glad to help. The filedrive link seems ok, at least I don't appear to have got any nasties from it.