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Erosion (2005)

In Los Angeles, Irene works at an advertising agency and lives a boring, loveless and sexually unsatisfying marriage with her husband Carl. When she meets the mysterious stranger Gabe, they... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuel Xuereb ... Gabe
Charis Michelsen ... Irene
Lee Holmes Lee Holmes ... Carl
Oz Perkins ... Steve
Cindy Lou Adkins Cindy Lou Adkins ... Valerie
Jenya Lano ... Sally
David Starzyk ... Jim Lernard
Jhonny Roxx Hollywood Jhonny Roxx Hollywood ... Carlos (as Johnatan Rosario)
Jenn Fong Jenn Fong ... Cindy
Junichi Suzuki Junichi Suzuki ... Japanese Karaoke Man
Laurie Wagner Laurie Wagner ... Gloria
Katie Cerio Katie Cerio ... Gabe's Wife (voice)
Shawna Casey Shawna Casey ... Motel Lounge Waitress
Lori Petro Lori Petro ... Club Waitress
Kathleen Gati ... Ms. Spelling
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In Los Angeles, Irene works at an advertising agency and lives a boring, loveless and sexually unsatisfying marriage with her husband Carl. When she meets the mysterious stranger Gabe, they have an erotic love affair breaking into houses of strangers and stealing their lives for a moment. Both are trying to escape from their pasts with a game that pushes them to the limit of their relationship. But reality is there and can not be forgotten. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

20 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Desejo Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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No Face Pictures See more »
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A memorable, affecting film
16 August 2005 | by mdecerboSee all my reviews

Erosion is the best kind of independent film: it takes on the themes that safe, mainstream movies steer clear of, shocks you with its honesty, and leaves you thinking for days to come.

Watching the film, you are dropped into the lives of main characters Gabe and Irene, and left to figure out what's going on-- who is the woman on Gabe's tape recorder? What has gone wrong with Irene's marriage? What brought Gabe and Irene together? Some of these questions have straightforward answers, but mostly you are left to piece things together-- just as in life. Questions of intimacy and mortality are big pieces of the puzzle, which is again just as true of life-- but much less often at the movies.

Along the way to its quietly moving ending, Erosion offers some memorable moments. Yes, it doesn't flinch at portraying sex-- which will undoubtedly not be to everyone's taste, but it's hardly gratuitous and I can't remember any nudity to speak of. More dramatic, though, are scenes like Irene almost literally flirting with Death, and a painfully tense minute at the dinner table with Irene and her estranged husband. Emmanuel Xuereb is effortless as Gabe, and clever tidbits here and there add extra realism: anyone for half a beer and half a tomato juice? Erosion is also unusual fare-- but worth seeking out.


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