I have deep affection for films which regard the dream world as real, because that is how it is for me. As typical for Robbe-Grillet, this is a highly erotic film with S/M theme, in an exotic setting. Standout performance by Dany Verissimo-Petit and the use of Puccini (she plays it on a record player, so it is diegetic, which is great) accentuates her final scene with operatic beauty.
Robbe-Grillet made an introspection trough his own cinema by returning in Orientalism which is essential to his work. He highlights his artistic leitmotiv, showing the phantasm of reality through eros & thanatos. When Art & Hypnos become a Kairos where reality fade into its virtuality.
I had way more fun with this than I thought I would, and I normally like Robbe-Grillet. It took a little while to adjust to the acting style, which isn't nearly as somnolent as I was expecting. Robbe-Grillet gives just enough graspable narrative tethering to make all the mindfuckery resonate. Plus it's pretty droll, as sadomasochistic softcore films by revered modernist authors go.