In a tightly knit rural community, Marie and her mother are outcasts, living in a small wood cabin. Marie is exploited and abused by both her employer, a lesbian landowner, and her oversexed male neighbours, who include the town’s mayor and a seemingly respectable shopkeeper. When her mother is killed in a road accident, Marie decides it is time to turn the tables on her tormenters. She starts to make them pay for her sexual favours, and, thanks to her innate talent for seduction, she soon becomes the wealthiest person in the area. In the end, her neighbours decide that Marie is a corrupting influence and contrive to have her forced out of the village. Marie, however, intends to have the last laugh… —Filmsdefrance.com
French-Jewish filmmaker and writer Nelly Kaplan, born in Buenos Aires in 1936 (some sources say 1931) to Russian-Jewish parents, has long been the incarnation of a particularly romantic ideal. She is featured as part of the first major exhibition of women artists and surrealism to be held in Europe, Angels of Anarchy, opening on September 26 at Manchester Art Gallery, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Kaplan has just published a collection of love letters exchanged from the 1960s onward with the noted French surrealist writer André Pieyre de Mandiargues, from Les Editions Tallandier. Titled “Write to Me About Your Lofty Deeds and Crimes…” (“Ecris-Moi tes Hauts Faits et tes Crimes…”), these teasingly playful messages belong to a now-defunct literary tradition of the billet-doux, tinged with more than a dollop of acerbic, sometimes even sadistic, wit.
n an afterword to her annotated edition of the Mandiargues letters, Kaplan, still a charismatic, slender woman with striking green… read more