Datant des lointaines années 1960, cette œuvre polémiste et outrancière, véhiculant des propos perturbants et perturbés, aurait pu s'éviter son chapelet d'outrances sadiques sans pour autant perdre la pertinence de son discours antinataliste et son constat négatif sur toute naissance comme une intrinsèque violence, une brutalité naturelle inutile. www.cinefiches.com
visually claustrophobic (but stunning) portrait of a misogynist's psychosexual spiral into sadism and tears. //…Oedipal anxieties, whip lashes… crying in a fetal position - everything you want in a morally corrosive S&M explorative… but 72 min of this guy's egocentric mood swings challenges the cinematic poetry for me…
The 25th film of Koji Wakamatsu, but just his second one attracted attention outside Japan. about a psychopath torturing his girlfriend under influence of the memory of his wife, who left him to raise her baby alone. known for its claustrophobic atmosphere and intersting usage of classis music. the final scene where the torturer curls into a fetus position and dies while murmuring "mother" is good, too.
I wonder if Von Trier was influenced by this because at times this feels like Antichrist except without the without moralistic preaching and with beautiful black and white cinematography. God, this movie is beautiful to look at! There's certain shots that put to shame any movie made today. The movie it self feels like if Godard did coke with Jesus Franco in some sleazy Japanese bar. Quite possibly a Fav of mine!