A witty and eye-opening tour through Borowczyk's own collection of vintage erotica. Originally intended as part of his 'Contes immoraux', it was released first as a separate short, and is ... See full summary »
Borowczyk presents two seemingly distinct 'volets'. In the first we see an old farmer and his dog shot in stark black and white. The second features a succession of tableaux vivant in startling colour featuring houseplants and kittens.
As the film opens the title card informs us that Rosalie (Ligia Branice), a maid, has murdered her child after birth and buried it in a garden. The camera then pans to Rosalie who is on trial and then explains why she did the crime. This Walerian Borowczyk short clocks in at 15-minutes and it's certainly a well-made film. The film was shot with a bright white background and I really loved the look and feel of the picture. The subject matter is obviously a dark one and we get to see the actress give a good performance as she explains what happened leading up to the murder. While she is speaking we get other scenes edited in to show bits and pieces of the evidence from the crime. This was really a well-made picture and one that holds the viewers attention throughout. It's a very stark and serious bit of filmmaking but the director does a good job with it.
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