This was an interesting watch. Brutal, dark secrets that everyone both conceals and knows, the desire to hurt and be hurt, betrayals, taboos, for a bit you might suspect it's satire, but it's not - if you're paying attention. Like - "The Office", by which I refer to the original - was satire only if you had never worked in an office.
I was intrigued by it, a little bit baffled, certainly Verhoeven's richest work that I've seen, driven more by the people and circumstance, less "2-D" and richer characters than his other films.
It reminded me how much I like, how I need to watch more European cinema.
- Category: Film
I found this again, in my little walks downtown. Closed now - indefinitely, but I'd forgotten they existed - perhaps I'd discovered about 15 or 20 years ago, was pleasantly surprised at the quality and selection, the knowledgeable proprietor, then - somehow or another - it got removed from my mental map and rounds, my active mental map at least, somehow I see it and know it's shown up in dreams, dream-ja-vu...
Seeing it again was a bit of a jog for my memory - the cafe beside it looks like it would be a cozy place to hunker down with a fine discovery, but there's no place to hunker down now but at home, I have the books, but not the atmosphere...
- Category: Calgary
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