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Over the years, a child's romantic ideals about death blossom into necrophilia, the study of embalming and the most profound relationship of her life.

Director:

Lynne Stopkewich

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Angus Fraser (screenplay), Lynne Stopkewich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Parker ... Sandra Larson
Peter Outerbridge ... Matt
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Wallis
Natasha Morley Natasha Morley ... Young Sandra
Jessie Winter Mudie Jessie Winter Mudie ... Carol
James Timmons James Timmons ... Jan
Joe Maffei Joe Maffei ... Biology Teacher
Robert Thurston ... Detective
Annabel Kershaw Annabel Kershaw ... Mother Larson
Tim Dixon ... Father Larson
Amber Warnat Amber Warnat ... Lisa Brown
Bill Finck Bill Finck ... Minister
Janet Craig ... Mourner
Edward Davey Edward Davey ... Embalming Prof.
Hamish Wilson Hamish Wilson ... Gurney Goner - Cadaver
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Storyline

Sandra Larson has always been fascinated by the entire sensory experience surrounding death: its touch, smell and look. As a child, she would search out dead animals and perform ritualistic burials. As a young woman, Sandra gets a job at Wallis Funeral Home, first as a general assistant, then progressing to study to become an embalmer. At the funeral home, she begins to take her fascination with death to the next level by becoming a necrophiliac. But she also begins her first ever relationship with Matt, a medical student, with who she is totally open about her necrophilia. He finds this aspect of her compelling. He becomes all consumed with her as she is consumed with dead people. The questions become how far he will take this fascination with her to understand fully what is going through her emotional being, how far she will allow him to go, and how far can her feelings for him extend as a live being. Written by Huggo

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Love Knows No Bounds.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for aberrant sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besado See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,552, 13 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$465,417, 18 May 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The song in the final scene and at the beginning of the end credits is "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" by Sarah McLachlan. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Wallis is teaching Sandra to aspirate the corpse he pushes the trocar straight in. In reality the trocar would be inserted at an angle and then be inserted in a complete circle to insure as much fluid as possible is removed. Also the body would be bathed after embalming. See more »

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[first lines]
Sandra Larson: When you die, your life... flashes, and you disintegrate, radiating energy. When a thing turns into its opposite, when love becomes hate, there are always sparks. But when life turns into death, it's explosive. There are streaks of light, magical, and electrifying. Everyone senses something, some energy, some spirit, some sort of illumination, But I see it. I've seen bodies shining like stars. Some say there's no soul, no afterlife, that life and death is the straightest line on ...
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Much more than a necrophiliac girl
11 April 2007 | by rqwxyzSee all my reviews

Maybe the greatest achievement of the film is that it was able to deal with an subject such as necrophilia without falling into tastelessness. It's easy getting horrified at the idea of people being sexually attracted for corpses, but the relationship of mankind with death (That primigenial and fascinating fear) can go that far and, if you think of it, it goes way far beyond . If you are not willing to get into any reflexions about how the dead are treated, you may fell uneasy about the film. The contrast between Sandra and the other people manipulating bodies (the teachers, the embalmer) is rather eloquent.

But what I personally liked the best about it is how it figures relationships, elucidating the insane need of one not having the other have its own and private corner, the need of forcing the other to share it, and the woe that comes from not being able to stand it. In this line, necrophilia becomes just an excuse.


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