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In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of the Middle East, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as her master. After his foolish error causes their separation, he travels in search of her. Various other travelers who recount their own tragic and romantic experiences include stories of a young man who becomes enraptured by a mysterious woman on his wedding day, and a man who is determined to free a woman from a demon. Written by
Pasolini. My introduction to his movies was 'Salo', a movie that has come define me as a person. If ever a movie deserved a 10 rating from a very qualified genius reviewer, Salo does. But this movie isn't Salo, in fact it is almost the exact opposite of Salo.
This is a happy, comedy movie. Except it does have a scene of dismemberment. Oh, and one of castration.. But trust me it's all in good fun.
This movie was filmed in some countries so foreign to Canada (where I'm from), they might as well be on another planet. I love movies that take me to another place, and so many of the visuals in this movie are so unique and beautiful that alone made it worth viewing for me.
Also, this movie took me to another time as well. Not just historically as it's supposed to have happened hundreds of years ago (thousands?), but also for its innocent 70s approach to sexuality. You see lots of nudity in this movie but it's all so natural that unless you have some deep rooted hang-ups you'll hardly notice after awhile.
For me the story, situations and dialogue were so 'out there', I spent most the movie thinking 'OMG, WTF, is this seriously happening?' If you're tripping and you see this movie you'll seriously get your mind blown wide open like the doors of perception are exploding into your soul. I was as strait as I usually am and even then it was quite the wild ride.
I want to give this movie a 10, and so I will.
Warning though.. If nudity bothers you I doubt you'll enjoy this movie. Also, if subtitles aren't your thing you'll want to avoid it. Lastly, if non linear stories and unknown actors with cooked teeth are things you'd consider negative then you might not like it. Plus, there is a scene where it seems like a bird may have been killed, so if your against animals dying you might want to pass.. And if you're at all homophobic then give this a big pass or you'll no doubt be turned into a gay person by seeing this.
It's a fantastic movie, well worth watching for rational thinking persons.
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