Also known as The Punishment of Anne, L’image takes a close look at the sadomasochistic relationship between a young girl and an older woman. Based on author Jean de Berg’s novel of the same name, this film examines the darker side of sexuality.
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Where does softcore end and when does hardcore begin? The Image won't answer that question, but it is one of the very best on-screen depictions of BDSM (Clouzot's Woman in Chains being up there too, despite being tame content-wise). Metzger knows how to be vulgar without losing his sense of style (something that didn't always happen in his hardcore work, sadly) and the set-pieces all work. Great ending too.