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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 6 out of 22

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  1. PaulF.
    Mar 8, 2003
    0
    Words cannot convey how atrocious this movie is. Offensive, inane, dull, purposeless, meandering, empty, emotionless, trite ? it is all this and much more. How could anyone truly enjoy and be impressed with a movie whose lead character is a sexually confused/repressed gay man whose life spirals aimlessly downwards, and who ends up in the final reel dressed in a black rubber suit haunting Words cannot convey how atrocious this movie is. Offensive, inane, dull, purposeless, meandering, empty, emotionless, trite ? it is all this and much more. How could anyone truly enjoy and be impressed with a movie whose lead character is a sexually confused/repressed gay man whose life spirals aimlessly downwards, and who ends up in the final reel dressed in a black rubber suit haunting a garbage dump where he dines on wild rabbits and raw sewage? A quality, interesting, redeeming movie this is NOT. Expand
  2. JohnJ.
    Feb 14, 2003
    0
    Long. Boring, But that does not matter because you can't see anything in the movie anyway because its so dark.
  3. JohnF.
    Mar 31, 2003
    2
    Some of the early sex scenes were, admittedly, intriguing. (This actor has an incredibly hot body.) But there is virtually NOTHING ELSE to recommend about this film. At times I wanted to scream out: "Okay! How about a scene in daylight?" or "Okay! We GET it! The garbage dump is a metaphor for the world! Now say something!"
  4. MarkP.
    May 31, 2004
    1
    I would rather suck on a dirty sock than watch this atrocity again. My friend and I still do not know what we watched. The point of the movie, if any, was readily observable in about 5 minutes, but instead we are forced to watch the main character's depredation -- yawn -- unfold. Do your laundry instead of watching this.
  5. AlanM.
    May 13, 2005
    1
    If there is a genre for "sterotypically bad foreign films" this would be at the top of the list. From plot gaps wide enough to drive a truck through, to hamfisted allegories, this film fits 'em all. Why this film is included in gay and lesbian listings is beyond me. Is the main character gay? Who knows!
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. 50
    An interesting addition to a genre that tends too often to disregard artistic technique.
  2. With little dialogue, a murky night setting and the slowest of plots, this Portuguese fantasy only comes alive when it conforms to its true nature as arthouse pornography.
  3. Reminded me most of Jean Genet's "Un chant d'amour," with bondage and latex replacing incarceration and cigarettes. This is not to say that it's equally good or poetic, but the eroticizing of a whole universe is no less apparent.