The Apostate

The Apostate ★★★★

Would pair well with Elle since both are character studies about cruel, self-destructive outsiders who desperately want more control over their lives. Main difference is that Veiroj's character wants to regress. His desire to defect is represented, rather than explained, by his mommy issues. He wants to defect but realizes that he is the one holding himself back. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy of frustrated self-actualization, though much of the film concerns the fierce selfishness and stubborn-ness required of any defector. Funny, well-observed, and sexy too.

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