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The Book of Revelation (2006)

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A talented dancer who was abducted and tortured by three mysterious women struggles to come to grips with his harrowing experience in director Ana Kokkinos' adaptation of Rupert Thompson's unsettling novel. A beautiful and charismatic dancer who has immersed himself in a dream world of graceful movement, Daniel (Tom Long) maintains an amiable but somewhat detached relationship with his girlfriend, and a passionate relationship with his mentor and choreographer Isabel (Greta Scacci). When Daniel ventures out for cigarettes one day and doesn't return, the women in his life are devastated. Upon returning without explanation eleven days later, the profoundly shaken Daniel is unable to articulate his experience and loses his ability to dance. To make matters worse, Daniel is unable to engage emotionally with even the people who were closest to him before the strange incident. Now, in order to reclaim his identity by confronting his abductors, Daniel sets out to find the three women with only his memories of the ambient sounds that flowed into his window to guide him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Tom Long
as Daniel
Greta Scacchi
as Isabel Auster
Colin Friels
as Olsen Mark
Anna Torv
as Bridget/Gertrude
Zoe Coyle
as Renate
Zoe Naylor
as Astrid
Olivia Pigeot
as Bernadette
Sibylla Budd
as Deborah
Nina Liu
as Vivian
Gavin Webber
as Dancer, Justin
Shaun Parker
as Dancer, Paul
Damien Fotiou
as Shopkeeper
Marty Fields
as Charging Officer
Ken Radley
as Policeman
Anthony Wallace
as Policeman
Matt Wilson
as Street Performer
Ryan Lowe
as Dancer
Mia Mason
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Book of Revelation

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

An adaptation of novelist Rupert Thomson's erotic mystery/thriller that fails to find a visual or narrative equivalent for the book's elegant prose and lubricious mysteries.

March 27, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even the pivotal weakness of [Tom] Long's dull persona can't undermine the pic's determination to confront auds intellectually and emotionally.

September 16, 2006 | Full Review…

The premise is provocative but the film lingers too long on the scenes of imprisonment, turning them into a kind of soft-porn performance art and leaving the emotional aftershocks less satisfyingly explored.

September 16, 2006

A controversial psychological drama.

June 7, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There's a fine and committed performance by Long, who looks like a pretty, young Nick Cave, but the women are never anything more than agents of the central conceit, the missing link in an otherwise psychologically intriguing film.

March 28, 2008 | Rating: 3 | Full Review…

A bit like an album by The Doors: faultlessly good-looking and loaded with dramatic import. Then you get up close and it turns out there's not much there at all.

March 28, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Book of Revelation

Often I'll watch a film and it comes up with a piracy warning, right after saying "We all love a good Australian film". That's true, only you'll be hard pressed to name a recent one. And this film joins the rank of bad films. So, we have a man getting raped by three mysterious women as the plot. The scenes of rape, they're drawn out. They take their time for no reason other than to sneak porn-style scenes into a "mainstream film" (no I will not debate the merits of sex and art. Not in relation to this anyway). And when our guy returns, his girlfriend couldn't be any less caring. Hell, she was a bitch right from the start. I had no sympathy for her. Or anyone. And come on, the guy's been through something traumatizing and how does he get on with his life? By hitting on women. Oh that's great, a male gets raped and he becomes a highly sexualized being. That's great, that's just great. Male rape is already seen as a joke or unheard of (see SVU for much, MUCH better writing on male rape) and this could have helped bring it to light in some way. My only comfort is that since it's an Australian film, we have no chance of overseas countries seeing it and hating us for it. And there's little chance we'll see it, since it's Australian. Another nail in the coffin for Australian films.

David  S
David S

Super Reviewer

Curious mixture of pretentious high art and predictable 'issue' drama which makes little logical sense. It dragged badly in parts and your enjoyment will depend on how plausible you find the rape scenario and your empathy with the lead character's suffering.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

½

Great Aussie erotic mystery film, but a bit strange in the tale of a dancer has been abducted and abused by three mystery women for 12 days. Tom Long does a fine performance in this film. I recognised the locations was filmed at my hometown - Melbourne.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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