Izumi is married to a famous romantic novelist but their life seems just a simple repetition without romance. One day, she decides to follow her desires and accepts to be a naked model that fakes sex in front of the camera. Soon she meets a mentor and starts selling her body to strangers.
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This is definitely the most challenging film in Sono's 'Hate Trilogy'. I've heard many people comparing it to 'Cold Fish', but for me it harkens back to the psycho-sexual lunacy that was 'Strange Circus'. Both films offer up scabrous attacks on a patriarchal society that is inherently misogynistic & hypocritical.
A feverish, hallucinogenic trip into the erotic obsessions and violent fantasies of three different Japanese women. Sono Sion is a poet of extreme emotions, his visual language is equivalent to his character's radical approaches towards life. As in most of his movies the meandering narrative is more interesting in its sequences than as a whole, but the sheer materialism of Sono's direction is breath-taking.
This was an unflinching look at a spiral into depravity. Sometimes in desperate attempts to escape the norm, we forget how easy it to lose ourselves. We all have dark urges... at what point does acting on them crossover into self-destruction?
The 'hate' trilogy has come to an end with this piece. For me, Coldfish was the best among the 3 films and the average 144 min length suited that one best. Sono also found there the perfect (horror-black comedy) balance.
Here in 'Guilty of Romance' the two female leads brings an unforgettable performance but the story and the motivations failed to untie. Maybe the japanese cut will explain more.
A vision of merciless counter-romantic despair. Totally of our time. Not irony-free but for Sion this is as close as it's gonna get to irony-free. A film of "body." A film beyond "body." A consolation for those who have been victimized yet refuse to be "victims."