Kaufman shoots for the moon once more in a messy, difficult companion piece to "Unbearable Lightness." Exploring the uneasy coexistence of empathy and perversion in the work of Anaïs Nin is about as ambitious as adapting Kundera. Compassion, admiration, envy, respect and hatred can all lead to sex -- Kaufman does explore both the erotic and torturous consequences of such relationships with intimacy and skill.
Felt incredibly proud of Maria de Medeiros in this film (she has the loveliest resemblance to Anais Nin and played her part wonderfully!); Kaufman seems to have a touch for the greatest cinematography moments of the film being while inside the car, while exploring without vulgarity and great sensibility the sexuality of these great writers and their muse
Terrific picture. Uma Thurman reminds me of Dominique Sanda in this film, for some reason. Maybe because they both play quasi-goddesses and they both have luscious lips. And what became of Maria de Medeiros? She was really wonderful. I think she was also a professional dancer which you can see when does her flamenco moves.
Anaïs Nin has got the talent to awaken you in a unique, elegant way. Kaufmans film about her intense affair with Henry, their passion for writing and their obsession with June is showing the artistic world of the 30s from a poetic, forbidden and vivacious prospective. The touch of old typewriters, the poetic language of the characters, flamenco-scenes, her seductive eyes... a stunning performance, great cinema!
A bold, erotic, intelligent, invigorating and finally wistful work of art. Kaufman dramatizes artists living unconventional lives with delicate precision. Henry and Anais take aesthetic succor from June's sensuality, decadence and frustrated torment. June suffers for their art. Hugo's monologue regarding his father and the carnival expresses something essential about childhood innocence and anxiety. Exquisite cinema.