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Credited cast:
Judith Goldblat
Kurt Kalb ...
Maria Lassnig
Otto Muehl ...
Nam June Paik ...
Anton Von Webern
Norman Rosenthal ...
Wittgenstein-the Teacher
Lisl Stein
Wilfried Zeller-Zellenberg ...


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Heart-rending tragedy
25 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I greatly enjoyed this picture, providing as it does a heart-rending vignette of four people seeking to return to a happier life that is forever tantalisingly out of reach. Some of the camera work is stunning, particularly the dark, looming scenes within "Piss Alley" as Duncan and Brad quarrel over the affections of the physically well-rounded, although somewhat irritating, Helen.

I disagree with the assessment of the acting as "wooden" - I prefer to see it as a reflection of the emotional insecurities that such an environment inevitably breeds.

I also feel that the minor sub-plot involving Andy and Matt's relationship remains ambiguous. The somewhat graphic scenes referred to in the title appear to be played out solely within the imagination of Duncan, as he struggles to come to terms with his own feelings for his two college chums. The "perplexing camera angles" have been carefully chosen to represent the confusion within his mind as he views Matt, a model of sporting perfection, and Andy, one of the most incisive minds of the time. Duncan aspires to reach these same unattainable heights, but has forever fallen short and so harbours a mixture of hero-worship and uncontrollable desire. However, his coprophilic obsessions prevent them truly becoming close. In the latter parts of the film, he is reduced to clinging to Sarah for the affection he craves, as her medical training allows her to overcome the repulsion she feels for him.

Overall, this film is a poignant combination of tragedy (Duncan's struggle for acceptance in a world which cannot condone those like him) and comedy (the drunken antics of the "Monster" - I particularly enjoyed his seduction of the emotionless American). I would heartily recommend it.

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