The perfect antidote to the nihilism of Zabriskie Point, this probably isn't a good movie to watch if you haven't seen his others. Knowing that it's a horror film also helps put things in perspective. The sex is not gratuitous, it's actually a large part of what this is about. I'm just not sure about the pleasure leading to pain stuff. A bit of God's wrath I can do without.
D'une intrigue complexe et quelquefois nébuleuse, parsemée de bien des longueurs et de quelques facilités, il nous reste une certaine fascination dans la perfide chorégraphie des principaux personnages, sans cesse animés dans un mortel ballet pour un illusoire et fugace pouvoir... www.cinefiches.com
I couldn't connect with it enough to regard it as a personal horror. The violence seemed a bit gratuitous, coming out of nowhere. And I'm not talking about the "happy ending", rather about the numerous fights that popped up at various times. Or maybe it just came out of boredom.
For more than half of its running time it could be mistaken for a parody of an auteur film. The slowness, the 'I love you - I hate you' relationship, the emptiness of mostly everything (from desert to supermarket). The last 15 minutes change that rather radically to a statement of blunt existentialism.