The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O to his step-brother, Sir Stephen…
What secrets lurk in the human mind, and how far is cinema separated from desire? The years following the collapse of censorship saw a burst of chic, lavish, and distinctly auteur-driven forays into erotic fantasies (and nightmares). The Story of O is a landmark of the wave—and very NSFW.
Quite possibly Jaeckin's most visually impressive film, a delirious rush of high-brow aesthetics and eroticism, lush costumes, sets and framing. Unfortunately its all ruined by an essentially retarded narrative, all the men in this film are either ugly, intellectually uninteresting or just pathetic, hardly worth being submissive for.
Feelbad porn..review in the comments after i finish watching, vomiting, and taking a bath...a bubble bath! What made me rent this and watch it you ask? (i knew the plot and even have had the ending spoiled for me)...chalk it up to OCD completism and morbid curiosity...
Autant relire le roman de Pauline Reage qui avait d'évidentes et "attachantes" sincérités copulatives, autant fuir cette morne adaptation cinématographique guindée et souvent ridicule, suintant à défaut de stupre et de foutre, le clinquant et l'artificiel mal léchés. Alice au pays de la frime et de la soumission, du sous-Hamilton pseudo-érotique pour frileux handicapés de la bagatelle... www.cinefiches.com
Distinctly French - Marquise De Sade, Boris Vian and George Bataille would have been somewhat ashamed. Very poor soundtrack, but very good costumes and somewhat interesting plot. The film is really pornographic and reminds me of some of Zebediah Colt's fantasies.
My main problem with this film is that I couldn't tell if this was the story of a strong woman who understands her love and devotion to a man, or if it was just some sexist perverse dream brought to life to portray a blanket male fantasy. Obviously, I would like to believe it's the former, but there is no confirmation, no reason for the willingness to go through with these acts. Maybe I need to watch it again.