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726 Ratings

Guilty of Romance

Koi no tsumi

Directed by Sion Sono
Japan, 2011
Drama, Horror


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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Guilty of Romance Directed by Sion Sono
Buñuel saw the world’s various states with the same eye, but Sono has a more schizophrenic manner of filmmaking: just as he’s communing with film history, so too are the various aesthetics he designates for individual sequences engaging in a conversation with one another… What [Sono is] filming is not just the role that Japanese culture might force onto its women, but also the roles they take up in response.
August 25, 2016
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Where [In the Realm of the Senses] made its acts of violence part of its expression of love, the brutality that bookends Sono’s film is nothing more than punishment for that expression, a too-common resolution for these kinds of stories. Nonetheless, Guilty of Romance is one of Sono’s more powerful statements, and a fitting conclusion for a trilogy preoccupied with questions of authority and self-actualization in a society that evolves quickly, but can never outpace its deeply embedded flaws.
October 10, 2014
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Izumi and Mitsuko’s stories also begin to converge and Sono plumbs the darkest depths of human sexuality and obsession while subjecting his protagonists to increasing levels of degradation and self-sacrifice. As he approaches the point at which the murder scene from the beginning will find its relevance, Sono spares none of his characters from the knife, making those charges of misogyny a bit meaningless, or at least incomplete in terms of encompassing Sono’s disgust with humanity in general.
March 18, 2014
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