A Thought Provoking Film With Much Artistic Merit.
Marek Gajczak's The Underneath (2006) is a film with very much artistic merit on several different levels of analysis.
1) The film is a deep and penetrating study of human sexuality in terms of male-female social relationships, and in terms of the traditional concept of "male ownership of a female".
2) It is an effective character study of the protagonist, Piotr, a man who is first portrayed as a rather "free thinking" writer-type with long hair, only to be subsequently revealed to be a very sexually and socially inhibited man, a man with some "major hang ups".
3) The film effectively contemplates voyeurism, particularly in terms of Michal's use of a video-cam, and Piotr's literal sexual snooping on Ania, as an alternative and viable means of sexual gratification.
4) The symbolism of "water" is effectively used in spiritual or mystical way, almost evoking the "worship of nature" in primitive man.
5) The cinematography and editing is very artistic as well, in terms of masking the whole screen in a cyan tone for the first part of the film, in terms of effectively investigating the sexuality of Ania, in terms of beautifully portraying the lakeside site of the film, in terms of effectively portraying the "confusion" of the party at the cabin through a radical, shifting editing of shots, in terms of the effective use of lighting in the darkened bedroom scenes, and in the capture of sun rays streaming through the salts of a window, in terms of penetrating and dramatic close up shots of Piotr's eyes, and in a variety of other ways as well.
The Underneath (2006) is a visually beautiful film, with deep psycho-sexual and even philosophical overtones as well. But the viewer must penetrate the surface level of obvious sexuality in this film to reach the beauty, the artistry, and the reflective thought that lies deep within this very important instance of Cinematic Art.
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