Love Exposure

Love Exposure ★★★★

Love Exposure is a film like no other: an offbeat romance epic that happens to tackle themes as disparate as religion and sexual perversion across its mammoth runtime. On the whole, the film works, and much of the film’s four hours manage to fly by. Director Sion Sono seems to relish the discomfort he is able to create within his films, yet despite the film’s many graphic and shocking moments, Love Exposure—at its heart—is rooted in a rather straightforward romance plot. At the end of the day, it’s the same old story of boy meets girl while trying to take an upskirt photo of her panties, falls in love with her while dressed in drag, and ends up trying to save her from a fanatical religious cult. Enjoyable, but we’ve obviously seen all this before.

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