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Menthe - la bienheureuse (1979)

Based on the sadomasochistic novel by Dominique Aury, "Story of O", tells the story of a voluntary female submission.

Director:

Lars von Trier

Writers:

Dominique Aury (novel) (as Pauline Réage), Lars von Trier

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Cast

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Inger Hvidtfeldt Inger Hvidtfeldt ... The Woman
Annette Linnet Annette Linnet ... Menthe
Carl-Henrik Trier Carl-Henrik Trier ... The Gardener
Lars von Trier ... The Driver
Jenni Dick Jenni Dick ... The Old Lady
Brigitte Pelissier Brigitte Pelissier ... Voice of The Woman (voice)
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Based on the sadomasochistic novel by Dominique Aury, "Story of O", tells the story of a voluntary female submission. But it also draws on the narrative style of Marguerite Duras as if retouched by Jean Genet. The title has been translated into English as Menthe - the blissful but it would probably be more accurate (if apparently awkward) to translate it as Mint - the blessed one. The question of the addressee's name is disputed through the dialogic narrative that unfolds as Menthe's history is elliptically told by the speaker who attempts to entice her to travel with her to the "South". Besides the ecstatically mutilated woman who reappears at the center of von Trier's Golden Heart trilogy and in the figures of "Grace" and "She", this film also introduces the Ascension motif which has its counterpart in the final shot of The Orchid Gardener also where the Dreyer-esque "Jew" appears to impale the film itself as if it were "Vampyr". Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 2001 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Menthe - I galinia See more »

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