Jean Genet wrote the script for this delectably depraved tale about a sadomasochistic schoolmistress (Jeanne Moreau) in a provincial French town who meets her match in a lustful, itinerant Italian labourer.
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The things you do for love, that is if you happen to be an angel of CHAOS. I was just glad there was no slut shaming. "I know I got nothin' on you \ I know there's nothing to do \ When times go bad \ And you can't get enough \ Won't you lay me down in the tall grass \
And let me do my stuff"
An gorgeously shot unsettling pastoral landscape drama that riffs on the amorality that flows in our sexual impulses! Jesus, Jeanne Moreau is a bad bitch! And yet, I couldn't help feel empathy for her sexual repression. Actually, for any character living that village. Not an easy movie to stomach but it does contain some of the most starling images I have ever seen! Definitely a new favorite!
Through the lens of French wave you can see what at the very end is a nasty tale from a 50s sex flick from the US. But wait, the director is English, and indeed I'm very confused. Confused, but happy I've seen such an amazing, intense piece of art.
Alright, so I loved this film. Some impressive visuals, including one truly amazing scene (the shadow scene, for those who know). My only problem was with the absolutely disgusting amount of animal cruelty. Tony Richardson must've been a man with no regard for other creatures. Other than that, thumbs up
Rarement l'atmosphère torride et lourdement sexualisée de certains brûlants écrits de Jean Genet n'aura été aussi justement appréhendée par le cinématographe et sa problématique représentation, avec en prime une sublime Jeanne Moreau dans un extraordinaire rôle de garce ! Une oeuvre qui suinte d'une rageuse sensualité existentielle aux confins des ultimes dérèglements dionysiaques et panthéistes www.cinefiches.com
Like Diary of a Chambermaid, a movie I felt so sickened by and was so uncomfortable and emotionally fucked up watching even though I was like in a lot of ways, there, with Moreau for most of it. Who wouldn't burn down a barn for love? (But! Not there for the animal poisoning and [spoilers] :( Lots of animal/child cruelty in this, and the egg crushing scene...I'm going to throw up).
Incredible: great story, script, acting, superb montage, amazing cinematography... and Jeanne Moreau. (Also: a great use of a snake as metaphor.) Those extended scenes in the woods (in the darkness, in the rain, in the fields) were some of the best things I've ever seen on the screen.