average enjoyer of kidman-huppert film spectrum
This is a great film and many others have put into why it is a great film but I have 2 main thoughts that are ricocheting around in my head:
1. I'm not sure if this is the case for all versions of this film, but the translation work for the subtitles feels tepid compared to the actual dialogue. At the fear of alienating audiences, I feel like they may have gotten rid of the syntactical quirks of Urdu, which…
Lafosse's direction is really unable to elevate this from it's Lifetime Channel script. It's tense for sure, but fairly standard in structure, and if you've seen one film like this, you've seen them all. Probably more explicit than it needs to be, but you can't expect anything less from a European film. The most interesting thing in here is the volta (a Lafosse staple), which suggests a genuine trade-off, no matter how uneven.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It’s obvious the movie wants to alienate the audience from Erika, it wants them to gape in awe at her self mutilation, her perversion, her callousness. When she reveals her letter, and her true intentions, it seems as if the movie is begging the audience for their surface level disgust. At this point, I wasn’t sure what we were supposed to do with Erika, because it didn’t really seem like the movie wanted us to sympathize with her. However, as…