Thursday, December 1, 2016

Olivier Smolders. Spiritual Exercises. Part-1.


Olivier Smolders. Spiritual Exercises. Part-1.
 This special collection features 10 spellbinding short works from Belgian experimental filmmaker Olivier Smolders, including "Adoration" (1987), "Mort a Vignole" (1998), "L'Amateur" (1997) and "La Philosophie Dans Le Boudoir" (1991). "Pensees et Visions D'une Tête Coupée" (1991), "Ravissements" (1991), "Point de Fuite" (1988), "L'Art D'Aimer" (1985), "Neuvaine" (1984) and "Seuls" (1989) round out the sampler.
5 most interesting films presented below.
1. Adoration.
A young man films his love for a young woman.
"Adoration" is loosely based on Issei Sagawa's cannibalistic murder case. In 1981 he murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt. After his release Sagawa has become a minor celebrity in Japan and has made a living through the public interest on his crime. A young Japanese man invites beautiful French student to his apartment. She reads some poetry. Suddenly he shoots her in the back, dismembers her body and cannibalizes her tasty flesh. Experimental and gruesome short which looks almost like a true crime documentary. The use of silence and master shots certainly enhances truly chilling atmosphere of gloom.
Cast: Takashi Matsuo, Catherine Aymerie.
Belgium, France, 1986.
Language: French.
Subtitles: Russian.
2. Point De Fuite.
A new teacher comes to class to teach a lesson on a complicated math theorem. The class is waiting completely nude and catches her off guard. She takes off her clothes before the beginning of her lesson. During the lesson, the students put their clothes back on and take away her clothes, as she is concentrated solely on the theorem. Upon finishing, she is embarrassed that they are clothed and she is left naked, but there is now someone at the door. The class ask the unknown to come in, and they find a naked teacher but clothed students. Inspired by a mathematical rhetoric.
Cast: Catherine Aymerie, François Galland, Stéphanie Dessens, Sarah Lefévre, Valerie De Wilde, Catherine Van Hauwermeiren.
Belgium, 1988.
Language: French.
Subtitles: Russian.
3. Seuls.
Screaming children, their non-standard behavior, plot and dialogue are absent.
Belgium, 1989.
4. Pensées et visions d'une tête coupée.
FR. Portrait d'un peintre imaginaire à partir de la vie et de l'œuvre d'Antoine Wiertz.
EN. Portrait of an imaginary painter from the life and work of Antoine Wiertz.
Cast: Christian Courtois, Alexandre von Sivers, Lémi Cétol, Barbara De Jonghe, Catherine Aymerie, Valérie Braekman, Nelly Boets.
Belgium, 1991.
Language: French.
5. L'Amateur / The Amateur.
EN. The story of a man who smells of women’s nudity.
ES. La historia de un hombre que olfatea la desnudez femenina.
Cast: Yves Degen, Cathy Grosjean, Eric Pauwels, Mélanie Rullier.
Belgium, 1997.
Language: French.
Subtitles: Russian.
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Поклонение / Adoration.

Точка, стремящаяся к нулю / Загнанная / Point De Fuite.

Одни / Seuls.

Видения отрубленной головы / Pensées et visions d'une tête coupée.

Любитель / L'Amateur / The Amateur.