An impossible movie. And yet it is true! 19 year old Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill scream, wail and bleed their way around West Berlin. The camera flies at them as though fired from a slingshot, making unmotivated 360 degree turns. (Unless “Woah!” is a motivation. Which it very well may be.) The story is a satanic love child of “Kramer Vs. Kramer” and “The Tenant” with a visual subtlety meter clocking in at Dario Argento level and a love of the actor’s craft similar to one found in “The Bad Seed.” Truly a piece of work. Highly recommended for those that think they’ve seen everything. And deserving of the same award Cronenberg’s “Crash” got at Cannes for daring, originality and audacity.
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.