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Still from Joe Dante’s Gremlins (1984)

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Gremlins Tiresia

Tiresia ★★★

Thin and elusive in meaning, though it grows when it is considered in tandem with Bonello’s other works. Certainly one can see its themes of rebirth, bodily transformation and threatening femininity as recurrent motifs for the director. This film specifically focuses on the circularity of suffering, with Laurent Lucas cast in a double role, personifying judgments of aesthetics and morality. The titular character, in both incarnations, is punished for not living up to these ideals, simultaneously representing a beautiful possibility and a threat to the status quo. A grand statement told in tiny strokes, I suspect, but I’d be hard-pressed to affix anything as certain as a “reading” to it… In any case, this is definitely a film worth thinking about, even if it is less than thrilling to watch from moment to moment…

53/100