The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden ★★★★½

This is my second viewing of The Handmaiden (my favorite film of 2016).

This time through I noticed some pacing issues. I guess that is to be expected when you formulate you narrative in such a Rashomon-like way.

The performances are still are devilishly good, and the cinematography, blocking, framing, and camera direction is magnificent. The production design should have won an Oscar. This film looks wonderful.

This time though I watched this movie at a film fest, filled with elderly people. This movie is highly erotic and some would say perverted at times. I wouldn't argue with them. This is an explicit film to say the least. I did spend some time looking around the theater to see all the senior citizens with shock and disgust on their faces. Later the next day, the host of the program made an announcement defending the decision to show the film and responding to a claim that the film was "ponographic".

I still really like this film, but it is about 10 - 15 minutes too long.

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