Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I've made the film sound like a downer but it's actually not. It's a sweet little story about acceptance, love, and remaining true to yourself. I highly recommend it.
Some of the story is told in flashbacks to the days when the lovers were in the concentration camp and those scenes, as you might imagine, are very disturbing. Some of the 'love' scenes in the updated story line are disturbing. He hits her, she cuts his feet, she acts out by crawling around like an animal when she's chained up, it's all pretty repellant.
Not even the extraordinary beauty of Ms. Rampling as the woman in question can save this film from being a shocking repellant disturbing mess. I saw this film once before back in the late 1980's when I was a huge pothead and I had forgotten most of it. Having seen it again now that I am sober and clear headed, I can honestly say I never want to see it again.