Sven is looking at a coffee table book of El Greco reproductions. He is fascinated by one picture in particular - Allegory, Boy Lighting Candle in Company of Ape and Fool (Fábula). He lays ...
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Sven is looking at a coffee table book of El Greco reproductions. He is fascinated by one picture in particular - Allegory, Boy Lighting Candle in Company of Ape and Fool (Fábula). He lays the book aside and drifts into a reverie. Later, he is on his computer, and receives an email from a sexual partner, asking if their meet tonight is still on. Sven replies that it is. He touches himself sensually. A car drives past London zoo. In a block of flats on a run-down council estate, a woman scrubs her dirty washing. The mobile phone beside her receives a text. Before she can check it, her son Pierrot barges into the kitchen and violently wrests it from her hands. He checks the text - it's from Sven, inviting him round tonight. Pierrot is cocky and over-excited at this, and rubs his glee in the face of his long-suffering mother. At London zoo, an Ape leaves via the main exit and runs into the street. Later that evening at Sven's, Pierrot and his host smoke dope and enjoy the sexual tension.... Written by
James Martin Charlton
I saw this on a late-night double bill with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and think it fair to say it crammed more madness into 10 minutes than Baby Jane managed in two hours. If I had to sum up my feelings in a word it would be bamboozlement. Although I think I can say its subject matter (rich bloke meets up with working class bloke for sex, and they decide to invite an ape round to make it a threesome) is unique in modern cinema, its tone reminded me of late Pasolini in its mixture of high seriousness and humour. Plus, like Pigsty, even with a gun aimed at my head I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what point was being made. Is it something to do with class, exploitation, the transfiguring power of art or the terrible living conditions of ape sex workers? Well, I haven't a clue but it was certainly fun not finding out.
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