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A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.

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Karl Kinsky, an unbalanced tattoo artist, becomes dangerously obsessed with Maddy, a model he meets when he's hired to paint temporary tattoos on a group of women for a photo shoot. As his obsession grows, Kinsky becomes increasingly determined that Maddy should bear his "mark" ... forever. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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His twisted passion for her and her desire to escape, mark their lives forever. See more »

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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Reportedly, Bruce Dern once claimed that love scenes with Maud Adams were actually real. Maud Adams later denied this. This caused many rumors and a small controversy in the media and press. The explanation was provided that it was Dern's method acting talking, as his character is obsessed and in love with Adams' character. See more »

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Karl Kinsky: Don't you know that I have committed my life to you? That this is a protective shield? It's my mark, Maddy, it's all I have to offer you. Now I'm not sure anymore whether you're worthy of it. I don't even think that I've made the right choice.
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Strange, symbolic and stupid, but if you like films about masturbating loonies...
18 June 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes "Tattoo" would be a minor gem. The ingredients were there - Bruce Dern doing what he does best: playing a psycho, the superb Leonard Frey has a minor role, a script is by a Bunuel and the plot concerns the rarely explored world of tattoos. Yet what we get is soft porn, bad acting and a ridiculously pretentious ending. Okay, so Dern is great as the masturbating, obsessive tattoo artist but the casting of Maud Adams as the object of his obsession is incredibly off. Looking like someone who just crawled out of an airbrush-laden mid-seventies Playboy issue, Adams is about as attractive as drying paint, but not quite as talented.

The script is heavily misjudged also, constructed so we come to sympathize with Dern, yet halfway switches to having Adams the protagonist, which fails as attributed to her shallow and bitchy portrayal. And there is the film's major flaw, with no-one to sympathize with the film lacks the power and suspense it so desires. On the plus side it looks great, with wonderful cinematography which somehow even manages to evoke atmosphere from the proceedings on occasion. Also we get a cameo from a teenage Cynthia Nixon, Miranda from "Sex in the City", who impresses with what little screen time she has. "Tattoo" ends on a symbolic note which some may find profound, but most will see it for what it really is - turgid and pointless.

Rent "Magic" or "The Collector" instead.

One and a half out of four.


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