One night Singapore Sling finds himself in a mysterious villa, watching two women bury a body. He falls into their trap and, in an atmosphere of isolation and decadence, the trio act out insane pleasure games and a ritual of blood and murder.
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Plotwise, Singapore Sling is to Sophrosyne what Hildegard von Bingen is to Bukowski's Women (in reversed order) but excess disregarding, it's marked by that self-contained, gratuitous, controlled and consummate showoff of sports events: it exists for no other reason than being able to, and don't let the "Telos" card concluding this bilingual movie cast an allegoric doubt: it stands for End and not a piddling Purpose.
After just one viewing, I'm going to give this film (and my gut) the benefit of the doubt, and call it excellent. It takes noir tropes like black and white cinematography, narration, a down and out detective, a femme fatale, etc., but presents them in overtly bizarre and extreme ways, so that no matter how used to the genre you are, this film will surprise you.
One of the greatest masterpieces of Greek Cinema (if not THE best Greek Film ever made). Singapore Sling is in equal measures poetic and vulgar, beautiful and pornographic, sensual and utterly mad. Truly one of a kind! (5/5)
Ce film ne ressemblant (presque) à aucun autre, se laisse regarder avec un véritable plaisir ne serait-ce pour cette inhabituelle morbidité joyeuse dont il fait preuve. D'une image noir et blanc superbe, les adeptes de beaux plans seront aux anges. C'est certain, peu l'apprécieront au final, mais tous devraient y gouter
Un film insupportable d'ennui. Trop de loufoquerie et de provocations ratées. Transgresser sans autre propos que la transgression, y a plus passionnant.
Du coup je ne suis pas allé jusqu'au bout, soyons honnête.
I will never look at seafood the same way again. I have seen this three times and am convinced I have PTSD. The most troubling thing about it, is that there is no satisfactory explanation as to why this exists. It just deepens the mystery, the absurdity, and the evil.
I really wanted to like this. The house, wardrobe and decor are gorgeous and the noir lighting setups are incredible but the characters' mannerisms were annoying and the film tries way too hard to be shocking and 'morbidly funny.' Juraj Herz is much better at this kind of thing. Watch Morgiana or Nightmares instead.