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Gradiva (C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle) (2006)

An orientalist professor researching Delacroix's North African work becomes entangled in an S&M waking dream in Morocco.
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John Locke
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Leila / Gradiva
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Belkis (as Dany Verissimo)
Farid Chopel ...
Anatoli
Lotfi Yahya Jedidi ...
Le mendiant
Marie Espinosa ...
Claudine
Farida Khelfa ...
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Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni ...
Commissaire Madhi
Pascal Judelewicz ...
Le photographe
Asmaa Bouafia ...
Nina
Siham Lahkim ...
Servante
Hamid Nider ...
Kaleb
Zineb Nijih ...
Djamila
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John Locke is a Brit in Marrakech exploring Delacroix's seminal visit there. He's in an isolated villa with Belkis, his enigmatic servant and concubine. He receives slides of erotic drawings that could be by Delacroix; an antique dealer, who's a doctor and may be a white slave trader, says there are two such sketchbooks. By now, Locke's dreams have become intense: they include sado-masochism with compliant young women and visions of a woman in white, who may be a nineteenth century woman executed for an affair with a Frenchman. She looks like a local actress. Against Belkis's advice, Locke accepts various invitations. Aside from dreams and tableaux, will anything real happen? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's strange that a 84 yo director doesn't yet know which way to complete a movie
10 September 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

It's strange that a 84 yo director doesn't yet know which way to complete a movie. In the beginning I was so hopeful about the develop of the film, maybe because of the special and magic atmosphere of Morocco, and for nice imagine of the main character, but then, during the movie, I realized that Grillet actually didn't find a line (especially for the style) to rise his work. Probably it can be caused by intricate and ambitious script, but it's evident how the director uses own cinematic culture: many references to works of other artists are more or less detectable, and the results is a weird pastiche of mannerism. Furthermore I found, and this is coherent with I've just said, the constant changes of style and rhythm are too brave and too much...I don't think the lesson of Surrealism means that, though Grillet looks like knowing very well this genre of art. In conclusion I wish to make clear that I have not been disturbed by scenes of violent mixed with sex, which appear numerous in the film.


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