M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly ★★★★½

A film about Western imperialism and the cultural revolution, David Cronenberg-style!

This film implies that America's disastrous escalation of the Vietnam war was because of one horny French diplomat whose affair with a Chinese opera singer led him to project his own fantasy of the exotic orient and Asian submissiveness into his intelligence briefings. There's a lot more going on in this one. A brutal and gut-wrenching look at how much of what we regard as love between men and women is an artifice that each person builds out of the other.

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