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The Many Sins of Walerian Borowczyk
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Love Rites

Cérémonie d'amour

Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
France, 1987
Horror, Romance, Cult
  • French
  • English
The Many Sins of Walerian Borowczyk


Walerian Borowczyk’s final film, about the terrors of seduction. When Hugo (Mathieu Carrière) meets Myriam (Marino Pierro), a prostitute who picks up her clients on the Paris Metro, he soon becomes obsessed with her sultry beauty and follows her to a flat owned by a mysterious woman.

Our take

Our Walerian Borowczyk retrospective climaxes (apologies) with his final film, alas. More sexually restrained—relatively—than the dizzyingly pink heights of Boro’s late 60s and 70s cinema, this adaptation of André Pieyre de Mandiargues’s novel still plunges into contemporary sexual mores with glee.

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