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Pink Ulysses (1990)

Unrated | | Drama | 13 February 1990 (West Germany)
An actor prepares, removing his shirt to iron it. All shirts stay off. In a mix of black and white, color, and old film clips, a homoerotic odyssey begins. Troy is sacked, and Odysseus ... See full summary »


Eric De Kuyper


Eric De Kuyper




Credited cast:
Jose Teunissen Jose Teunissen ... Penelope
Jos Ijland Jos Ijland
Dolf Wilens Dolf Wilens
Erik de Bruyn Erik de Bruyn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maarten Almekinders Maarten Almekinders
Yvet Anna Yvet Anna
Siranouche Balian Siranouche Balian
Erik Borgman Erik Borgman
Edward Hartman Edward Hartman
Marianne Hietbrink Marianne Hietbrink
Steve Huisman Steve Huisman
Daan Jansen Daan Jansen
Robbie Jansen Robbie Jansen
Marie-José Janssen Marie-José Janssen
Bernard Jongstra Bernard Jongstra


An actor prepares, removing his shirt to iron it. All shirts stay off. In a mix of black and white, color, and old film clips, a homoerotic odyssey begins. Troy is sacked, and Odysseus starts his languorous journey back to Penelope and Telemachos, who wait in Ithaca. Odysseus dreams: young well-muscled men roll on sheets, hands remove flowers to disclose a sculpted torso. The ship tosses Odysseus; gobs sleep in hammocks; a storm beats down and a life boat seeks a strand. Circe, disguised as Penelope, seduces Odysseus; he stays with her for seven years. In Ithaca, Penelope and her suitors are impatient. Will Odysseus arrive before the film crew breaks for lunch? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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the impossible task of describing this great movie
6 November 2009 | by mrdonleoneSee all my reviews

obviously, few people have seen this movie gem. but here is the question that drives us all: if this movie really is as great as I say it is, how is it possible nobody knows it? that's a good question. to find an answer, we must first concentrate on the director: Eric de Kuyper. I only saw A very strange Love Affair before this Pink Ulysses, but I already knew this man was a genius in making a good movie. why did he stop making them? nobody knows but he.

back to Pink Ulyssus: it's a great experimental film that can be enjoyed if you like art films. you really have to like art films to like this one, but that's the whole point: Pink Ulyssus is a film for the elite.

still, you must enjoy images of men with naked torsos, because the movie is filled with them. but even if you don't like men or if you haven't got homosexual feelings, you will love this movie. it's sublime, I can't find many words to describe it, because it made an impact on me. I was watching the movie and it felt as if someone turned my head à la Linda Blair. really. that's why I still have trouble finding words to express the way I experienced it.

but let's try: the story isn't of much importance. what does, is the way of telling it: the title of this film reveals we are watching the Odyssee. well, actually, we do, but not really: the movie is filled with short stories, although sketches is a better word, even if it's not funny, which it isn't (with the exception of the 5 minutes of a man trying to help a naked woman). so yes, we still see many parts of the Odyssee, but actually, I think this movie is about fun and games with men with strong, heavy muscles, in striking poses and impressing formats.

to describe this movie, would be impossible. even I did. I tried, but I failed. you should have to see this movie for yourself. or if you know the director personally, ask him to put on DVD. and if you do know him, say please, because I want this movie in my collection. we cannot see this movie except in special cinemas. that's why few people had the honor of seeing it. please, mister de Kuyper, release your films on DVD!

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13 February 1990 (West Germany) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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