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I Want You / Beloved

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  I Want You / Beloved Review
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1 /10
Average Rating
2.67 /10
Alessandro Nivola, Rachel Weisz, Labina Mitevska
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Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Written by: Eoin McNamee

Released: 1998
Origin: GB
Colour: C
Length: 87

A vicious young man (Alessandro Nivola, pictured right) on parole for murder thinks nothing of stalking the hairdresser (Rachel Weisz, pictured left) whose father he allegedly killed, and beats up all rivals for her affections.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The young man has unsavoury sex sessions with a prostitute that donít seem to have any relevance to what there is of a plot. In an even more blatant attempt to keep the audienceís eyelids from closing, thereís further gratuitous copulation featuring a talentless blonde singer (Labina Mitevska) - a refugee from Bosnia, though nothing is made of this - who sings catatonically in an astonishingly tolerant cabaret club that looks more suited to Berlin than the south coast of England. Her mute, 14 year-old brother (Luka Petrusic) is a teenager who spies on everyone with up-market spying equipment. Why? where does he get it from? we are never told.

Pretentious, pornographic piffle publicised, over-hopefully, as an erotic thriller. Regrettably, it is neither erotic nor thrilling. Itís an arty mood piece - the mood being depression. It bathes Hastings and Dungeness in sulphurous light, and features as unprepossessing a bunch of characters as have ever bored the pants off an audience.

Weíre in magic realist territory again, but minus magic and realism, which doesnít leave much beyond minimalism, nihilism and brutalism. Director Michael Winterbottom still hasnít established a style of his own, and strives with embarrassing ineptitude to ape the Polish director Krysztof Kieslowski.

Since Winterbottom appears to have nothing to say, morally or cinematically, the result is posturing, soft-core porn of the kind that he first peddled in Butterfly Kiss, his 1995 debut about serial-killer lesbians in northern England, which looked dreary at the time but is jolly and life-affirming compared to this.

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