O AMOR NATURAL (Heddy Honigmann, 1996)

. . . How often we die in each other, in the moist cavern of the vagina, a death that is softer than sleep: the senses pause, gorged. . . . — “Love—Being an Essential   Word” (translation: Mark Raishbrook) In her mid-forties, Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann journeyed back to South America—she was born in Lima, […]

INTENTIONS OF MURDER (Shohei Imamura, 1964)

Shohei Imamura’s snowy black comedy, Akai satsui, revolves around Sadako, the uneducated common-law wife of Riichi, who hasn’t married her because of her inferior status; Sadako had been housemaid to Riichi’s family. Masaru, the couple’s kindergarten-age son, was registered to his paternal grandparents for the same reason. (Sadako’s persistence officially corrects this.) Riichi, a university […]