A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
ANTIPORNO (2017) Japan Cuts 2017
Beginning as a twisted tale of a rich artist who abuses her secretary while spouting high minded ideas, the film flips about a third of the way through as it's all revealed to be a pretentious sex film where leering men call the shots. Its a move that makes the film incredibly uncomfortable (as if what went before wasn't already) and plants it firmly in Sono's world of cinema.
As a straight on film it, like most Roman Porno films, doesn't work. The plot isn't the point here since Sono is too busy pushing buttons and getting you to reconsider everything including like just how bad the plots of sex films really are.
To be honest when I first saw the film several weeks ago I really wasn't thrilled with the film. It didn't hang together for me. However as time went on and the more I thought about the film it grew in my estimation. Frankly Sono's intellectual destruction of sex films in general is one of the best films at this years Japan Cuts.
Worth a look for Sono fans- and anyone wanting to have their minds shaken and their views challenged
The film plays July 22 with SUMMER'S PUKE IS WINTER'S DELIGHT. Its a three minute endurance test as we listen to some one throw up while we watch trippy images. It is an endurance test and nothing more and easily the worst film at Japan Cuts.
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