A surgeon (Julian Sands) becomes obsessed with the seductive woman (Sherilyn Fenn) he once had an affair with. Refusing to accept that she has moved on, he amputates her limbs and holds her captive in his mansion. –IMDb
Jennifer Chambers Lynch (born April 7, 1968) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for writing the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer and for writing and directing the 1993 feature film Boxing Helena.
Lynch was educated in Los Angeles and Michigan (at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy) and, as a teen, worked as a production assistant on her father’s Blue Velvet (1986). She authored The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer to accompany the Twin Peaks television show (1990) and wrote an episode of the popular science-fiction television series Friday the 13th: The Series (also in 1990).
Her commissioned screenplay for Boxing Helena, which she would later go on to direct, attracted many actresses, including Madonna. Sherilyn Fenn ultimately played the part of Helena. Kim Basinger was also attached and was famously sued after walking away. The controversy surrounding that case, as well as feminist outcry over Helena’s sadistic subject matter and accusations… read more
Julian Sands is such a beta male in this, a real creeper as well. Has nothing to do with devoteeism, btw, Sands just uses his skills as a surgeon to keep Helena to himself because she looks like his mommy.
The story is - in a very strange, crazy, sick, unusual, scary, upsetting and weird sense - very, very interesting. And the reference to the Venus de Milo is absolutely brilliant ...... Some of the highlights of this movie are definitely Sherilyn Fenn's appearance and charisma - and Art Garfunkel's hair! But the end is a big disappointment.