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Roger De Vlaeminck,
EROTICIDE tells the story of a young man named Yan (Jocelin Haas) and how his addiction to erotic humiliation sets the course of his life on a downward spiral when his ex, Kendra (Lisa Di ... See full summary »
Stephanie van Rijn,
Lisa Di Capa
Picture the scene - an ageing lothario goes back to his old haunts
where he's had numerous love affairs with different women and wants to
recapture these moments on film with certain ladies through mainly
non-sexual means. He wants to capture the eroticism of the times he
spent with these women.
This is very much a film made by a man who's getting on in years. A man
who's affluent enough that he can spend his time picking up women in
different countries and continents. It's almost like a tick the box
scenario in all the different countries and the clichés that come with
it. Africa, Brazil and Philippines.
At the heart of it all, our intrepid lothario is wondering how you can
frame eroticism on film. Personally, I don't think it's possible or
that it's very much down to the viewers terms of what constitutes
eroticism. For Leth, it's very simple, watch how the ladies look at you
and how they swim naked in a pool, walk across a street, how they wash
themselves in a shower.
There is one scene in particular where he asks one of his former lovers
about a time they made love on camera and she herself thinks nothing of
it because it was a moment of love between herself and her former lover
and nobody else came into the equation. We're then unfortunate enough
to see a snippet of the video in question which brought me back to a
question I had almost at the start of the film - I wonder if any of
these girls feel used by the experience of this film.
In the end, this film does have deeply distasteful moments and it's not
a particularly enjoyable film. In some ways, coming back to the central
philosophical question in how you frame eroticism, the answer could
also be answered this way. If you try to frame eroticism, you've
already betrayed the experience. And this film feels like a betrayal on
quite a few levels.
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