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  • Summary: Inspired by Georges Bataille's 1929 novella, this highly sexual film explores the idea of spectatorship.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    The results are either darkly comic and tragic, depending on the viewer's mindframe. But McElhinney's route to these results, as with the Bertolucci, is nothing short of stunning.
  2. 70
    It is a strange, beautiful, disturbing and at times literally painful work, an original and distinctive expression by a gifted young Philadelphia-based filmmaker who here confirms the talent he displayed in his 2001 film, "A Chronicle of Corpses."
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Evaluating this project in conventional feature terms is a lost cause; relevant contexts are purely avant-garde and pornographic. Suffice it to say that helmer's careful attention to framing camera, music and content signal primary allegiance to Art rather than Smut.
  4. 40
    The less time you've devoted to thinking about the nature and uses of the erotic imagination, the more challenging this will seem.
  5. Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    20
    This skin-deep flick is merely art-school sophomoric, unwittingly cornball, and counterrevolutionary.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1