Iris finds a new job working in a preservation lab where she gradually enters into a troubled relationship with her boss.Iris finds a new job working in a preservation lab where she gradually enters into a troubled relationship with her boss.Iris finds a new job working in a preservation lab where she gradually enters into a troubled relationship with her boss.
Haunting musical score, disturbingly unsettling erotic scenes, perturbing voyeuristic encounters, Olga Kurylenko as eye candy, preserve-and-cherish- those-best-moments-of-your-life metaphors, artistic and interesting visuals...Put all these diverse elements into a cinematic blender and what do you get? A Film-Making 101 textbook example of the total being LESS than the sum of its parts! I've been asking myself the "What is this?" question incessantly for hours since spending 90 minutes as a "voyeur" of this experiment. As yet, there doesn't seem to be an answer.
The director, Diane Bertrand, seems to be assiduously and blatantly giving us the title (sans "Ring") for the duration. The film revolves around a mysterious "clinic" where people go to have important life-relics "preserved"...In theory, at least. In practice, these supposedly priceless articles are soon forgotten about. It's difficult to empathize with any of the characters in the film because they're all so creepy, to one extent or another. Even Kurylenko's character is more off-putting than not.
The supposedly "erotic" scenes are reminiscent of watching someone getting violated by their orthodontist during a root canal procedure. A rather self- indulgent piece of film-making, it's not hard to imagine dozens of Director Bertrand's friends gathered at her home for a private screening shouting "C'est Magnifique!" and "Incroyable!" afterward! As if this weren't enough, many segments are painfully languidly paced. "Finger" might have fared a little better after a second viewing, but I'm not motivated in the least to see it again.
3.5*.... ENJOY/DISFRUTELA???...(If You Can Manage!)
Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!....
- Jul 31, 2016