I truly pity the person who sees this in a shop or rental place and takes it home to appease a wife or girlfriend. From the cover and the intro on the back cover you might think this to be a deeply romantic love story. Which it is, only....well it is also very....what is a nice, safe word....steamy.
To put it lightly, this movie can make a guy or gal that watches 3 porno movies a week blush. It is not rated for good reason. Ironically there is no real nudity in the movie beyond Eric Schaeffer scratching himself getting out of bed in the morning and eating a piece of chocolate at midnight in the nude. It's strong sexual content comes from some of the most strange yet erotic scenes ever written well.
Because even though the raunchy situations will draw away from the movie for many people you cannot escape that Schaeffer writes these scenes so well that you cannot look away. You will even find yourself chuckling once the shock wears off. In the end Schaeffers propensity for playing with sexual barriers and the way his characters openly discuss make him seem like Woody Allen without the lack of self assurance.
Now we shall get to the meat of the movie. Without giving away too much I will tell you that this is a marvelous love story. It is not "Hollywooded up" and smelling of bubblegum though. In many places it is so terribly real you want to reach out and strangle the characters. The situations the two lovers get into are so close to the normal reality we all see or have seen that you would forget it was a movie if not for the cinematography.
Which brings us to the last: Cinematography. Schaeffer has always had a very vivid brightness and color in his films. This lends to them a twisting sensation that the viewer goes through. You are staring at a background of joyful, soda pop colors yet in the foreground something almost base and ugly can be occuring. This could end up looking forced but either Schaeffer is very good at it or totally unaware of it. Either way it is genius.
During the high stress moments in the movie Schaeffer uses an editing technique that slices up the scene into 50 pieces and then glues them back together. In doing this he gives the viewer a disconcerting feeling of chaos and confusion. During these scenes though Schaeffer is masterful in keeping it in a continuity that allows the viewer to not only follow what the scene about but also to better feel the underlying emotions of the characters. At one point you can literally almost see the characters hidden agenda as a quick glimpse of him smiling wryly at the beginning of the scene is quickly flashed as he admits to his wife of infidelity.
I strongly recommend this movie to only those who do not get embarrassed by compromising situations. I also do not recommend those who want a Hollywood carbon copy love story. This is a very thought provoking exploration about passion, love, and the things that can destroy them.