The Garden of Earthly Delights (2006)
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Unfortunately, the couple's intimacy is not especially interesting.
You're either going to love this film and run out to see everything Majewski has directed, or you're going to be bored silly.
Lech Majewski's digital video riff on Death in Venice takes its name from the triptych by Hieronymus Bosch.
There is magic in these intimate passion plays, which are filled with sloppy, loving detail and are mounted without a hint of pretension. Each banal moment becomes achingly gorgeous.
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A luminous, highly erotic treatise on art, love, and death inspired by the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch that you'll either really like or really be bored by.
This is the definition of self-indulgent film school project gone away. But wait, this was produced nearly 3 decades into Majewski's career. His ear for English dialogue is poor, but the film's conceit is stretched even thinner. It ostensibly revolves around a dying art scholar's obsession with physically recreating each portion of the titular painting, but the resulting film is far more tedious than that. Any passion that Majewski hoped to elicit is lost because of the lack of chemistry between the two leads. There's meandering ambiguity and then there's misguided pointlessness. Sadly, for me, this effort fell into the second category.
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