The artist is self-important and impotent. The problem is the nagging wife. He gets her pregnant because that will shut her up, and he's reborn. He is successful again. His fans arrive, and they provide the love he needs. The problem is that she's still so needy. So they beat the crap out of her. The director tries to cloak this as religious allegory. It's another misogynist take on the artist and the muse. cont.