Venus In Fur (R16)

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7/09/2014
A film about an audition for a play based on the old classic, Venus in Fur, the bible of masochism. I recall reading the book years ago but all I could recall is that it was not what I expected it to be.

Unfortunately, the film did not improve on that. Highly disappointing work. Both actors were good but the writing could not be saved as their dramatic flare kept being interrupted by the bickering around the lines. You guess why that is and get where it is going which is ok but that journey could have been much more enjoyable. Any eroticism that flickered in the beginning was gone completely even before the film was half way through and it got so frustrating that I just stopped caring.

I found the bits in the dialogue that were criticising Masoch's work and characters quite valid but the frankly vulgar way of expressing them completely undermined what was being said. The ending was the final nail into that coffin. Crude and comical, it was like a deranged cringe-worthy misplaced circus act. 
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