Agustí Villaronga’s legendary, controversial film debut has lost nothing of its power. To those unafraid, it provides an insight into human decline. A Nazi death camp doctor who has fled to Spain continues his terrible activities, until he ends up in an iron lung.
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Horrifying story that manages to straddle that fine line between art house and exploitation. Considering the subject matter this could have been an exercise in bad taste but the director keeps the whole thing well elevated above the gutter. The tone and mood is both disturbing yet beautiful and nightmarish yet dreamlike. Truly a one of a kind experience!
A unflinching portrayal of pure human evil that has far more artistic merit than its cheap 'porno-holocaust' reputation suggests. It taps into a truly nightmarish world with lyrical scenes of brutal child murder - its seductive aesthetic beauty and depraved eroticism make it all the more horrifying. Crosses the line for most but worth it. One of the hardest films I've ever had to sit through
PC. Although it's Villaronga's feature film, is his third film that i see and the feel repeats itself: it's a filmmaker who dominates the narrative but constantly submits the narration modes to a heavy symbolic and metaphorical figuration that counteract the dryness and immediacy of his best sequences. For example, the murder scene of Marisa Paredes character, a la Argento - a non rhetoric visual delirium.
A truly powerful and disturbing psychological horror film. The writing is awkward at times, but the strength of the story and Villarogna's precision filmmaking keep it sharp and compelling. But be forewarned, this film is definitely not for all tastes.
Fascinating and disturbing film from director Agusti Villaronga that tells a horrific tale about a young haunted man forcing himself as caregiver on a German doctor in exile (a former Nazi who experimented on children in the camps) who revisits the man's exploits turning the insanity upon him and his family. Performances are dynamite especially Gunter Meisner and Marisa Paredes. Not for all tastes.
Equal parts SALO and THE NIGHT PORTER; this film examines the inevitably corrupting influence of absolute power and the cyclical nature of abuse. It is aesthetically rather unique in how it embraces and intertwines typical horror elements with its own bizarre, idiosyncratic iconography. Absolutely terrifying in its implications and kept in perfect time by the sick heaving of an iron lung.