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This is about a sociopath. He moves like a shark, never really staying anywhere for very long, killing or maiming emotionally anything that has the correct biology. His behavior betrays a self involvement and selfishness that is numbing. He is also a woman hater. The violence he does to women is with his penis. He rarely if ever, befriends men and in fact, uses them to get to what he wants. At the end of the movie, you hate him but are amazed by his total lack of connection with anyone.
Ewan McGregor is so wonderful in this role; it was as if it were made for him. As the young man who uses women and discards them throughout the movie, his portrayal is seamless. Naturally, Tilda Swinton is incredible too, as she always is.
Everyone in this is terrific. Don't see this if you are depressed.
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