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The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004)

| Drama | 2004 (Italy)
Based on his own novel Metaphysics, Lech Majewski crafts intimate passion plays and creates "a luminous, highly erotic treatise on art, love and death" (CHICAGO READER). When a ... See full summary »



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Based on his own novel Metaphysics, Lech Majewski crafts intimate passion plays and creates "a luminous, highly erotic treatise on art, love and death" (CHICAGO READER). When a terminally-ill art historian meets an engineer, it is love and lust at first sight. But their love is threatened by her looming illness. With her remaining days on earth numbered, she chooses to fan the flames of her obsession by taking her lover on a trip to Venice, where the artist's work becomes the background for their physical passion and emotional discovery. Written by Anonymous

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A moving Indie film
1 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

An indie film to admire whether you're into every day Venice (like me), art (Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights in the Prado of Madrid), an English art historian's comments on life as she dies from throat cancer, or a bit of skin (they are both very fit). This little indie film made in the ultra-realism style is extremely complex and moving but enjoyable. You can understand her trauma as a young woman faces death but wants to share everything she's learned and thought with the viewer and her lover. So she takes a romantic trip to the end enjoying every whim. Near the end she has a soliloquy on what has life become from thousands of years ago to modern life noting, "God has been replaced by entertainment".

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