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An Interesting S&M Love Story Without the Mushy Stuff
**1/2 out of ****
This was Alejandro Jodrowsky's first theatrical film. It is a love story without the mushy weird stuff, but with more surreal elements to it. This certainly isn't as strong or as interesting a film as EL TOPO or THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, but it is certainly very interesting and enjoyable enough in it's campy quality. The only major problem I have with this film is that it's experimental quality isn't as daring or as likable as the ones in EL TOPO. Instead, it paces itself more, it has more of a plot, and it has more of a light hearted feel to it, although the film is definitely no lighthearted. It is interesting none the less.
What makes this film much different than the other films that he has made is that I can actually describe the plot in a cohesive and sensible way. It is about a woman named Lis who is paralyzed and put in a stretcher and dragged around a post-apocalyptic land by and man named Fando. They basically look for a particular place that may or may not exist, and live there. Along the way they encounter curious strangers including a vampire, an army of drag queens, and a civilization of people who rest in the mud. These are the people who will appear to guide them.
This film is more about Alejandro Jodrowsky trying to have fun with his film and not really creating a personal depiction of what he wants from his films. This makes the film much more restrained than his other films and takes something away. None the less, if you are a Jodrowsky fan, it is definitely worth seeing.
not rated. contains violence and strong sexual content
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