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She taught me the most valuable thing in the world.
And what did she teach you?
That nothing is more sensual than pain. That nothing is more exciting than degradation.
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interesting reflection on "gender violence", expressed through simple and efficient screenplay
Roman Polanski in this movie proposes an interesting re-lecture on gender violence, topic of relevant importance in post-modern societies. The movie, limited in space, time and actors (one stage, essential screenplay, two only actors), proposes a challenge to the complexity, symbolic violence amongst genders is embedded in. It could be considered as a elegant critique to the way women are represented throughout men's "heteronormative" sexual attitudes and behaviors: treating women's bodies as objects, promoting disadvantage of women on a political and economic level (film industry in this movie), etc. But the movie also enhances a certain complexity of so-called gender roles, and the way inequalities between sexual clusters become much more fizzled as they appear in a normative, structuralist perspective. Within everyday life practices, as shown in different scenes of Polanski's film, positions related to power and domain change constantly and the reified, fix borders amongst gender categories are quite subtle. Polanski, indeed, is a director and not a sociologist and as an artist he provokes and stimulates, rather than proposing theoretical or ideological statements. His courageous and unique style in directing this movie could be considered as a reflection on the complexity of reality, and in this specific case of gender violence; an excursus on a fluid society made of fast and inter-sectional changes on all levels of experience: from micro to macro. Just some few words spent on Shizuka's previous comment: of course taste is subjective; someone likes or dislikes a certain artistic production. But I really do not understand what his legal troubles are going to do with his movie! He directs movies and people who decide to watch them, do that for a personal decision (or sometimes for work if you are a film-reviewer) and not for financing illegal behaviors. So be aware in expressing general, superficial and senseless judgments: it is like saying that watching Wall Disney's animations supports anti-Semitism or reading Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland promotes minors' sex abuses.
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