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A stylish melodrama about sex and violence among the British aristocracy, Diamond Skulls never quite delivers the punches it promises.
The controlled technique echoes the theme of domination, but combined with the largely unsympathetic characters, results in a film that affects emotion and remains curiously hollow.
Rarely does a documentary film maker make the transition to fiction as adroitly as Nicholas Broomfield has in "Dark Obsession," a psychological thriller displaying a documentarian's fascination for small, telling details.
[Broomfield] wants to show us how the very fabric of the lives of these aristocrats has undercut their human perspective, has convinced them they are above and beyond the law.
Intended as a psycho-thriller, Broomfield's film is in fact a skimpily plotted rumination on what's rank among the privileged.
[It] attempts to make a serious social statement within the context of a mainstream entertainment. But the mix never gels, and it succeeds as neither.
Estranging and frustrating.
Dark Obsession is visually alluring to look at and rife with potential but director Broomfield never seems to bring it to any dramatic boiling point. Like many an obsession, it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.
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