Thursday, February 08, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Romance
For the sixth week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We venture into the world of romance in time for Valentine’s Day. Yet, romance can display moments of cheesiness, joy, or just some fucked-up moments that play into the idea of love. Here are my three picks as they’re all based on the sub-genre known as New French Extremity. Why did I pick these three films? It’s because I’m a sick motherfucker.
From Catherine Breillat comes a film is about the search for romantic companionship from the eyes of a young teacher who feels ignored by her boyfriend. Yet, it’s a character study that explores a woman’s desire for sexual satisfaction and later romance where she engages in an affair with her headmaster and a man she meets in a bar. It’s a very confrontational film that doesn’t shy away from explicit sex while the sadomasochism film is more emotional and dangerous than what is usually expected in mainstream films.
2. Pola X
In this loose adaptation of Herman Melville’s Pierre: or, the Ambiguities comes one of Leos Carax’s controversial films as it plays into a novelist whose engagement to another woman is shattered when he learns that he has a long-lost sister whom he would engage into an incestuous affair. It’s a film that is really fucked up but still has these entrancing images as well as elements of surrealism that includes a couple having sex in a river of blood.
3. Criminal Lovers
From Francois Ozon comes one of the filmmaker’s early films that was part of New French Extremity movement as it’s described as best as Hansel & Gretel meets Natural Born Killers. It’s a film about two young lovers who kill a classmate as they go on the run only to be captured by a woodsman who has a thing for the young man. It’s an odd film but certainly a lot of fun as it play into the twisted ideas of romance.
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