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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "S&M: Le Sadiques" )

 

directed by Alexander Bakshaev (as Alex Bakshaev)
Germany 2016

 

Marie (Nadine Pape) runs away from her home and alcoholic father (Sean Black) in Golm to Berlin. Turned away by her gay friend Ralph (Robin Jentys) who puts his relationship with a "sensitive artist" before his figurative "bro", Marie takes up bartender Tom (Nikolaus Sternfeld) on his offer of his couch for the night. When his intentions prove less than honorable, she escapes into the night and is discovered sleeping in a stairwell by photographer Sandra (executive producer Sandra Bourdonnec). Exploring Sandra's apartment while she is out, Marie discovers the works of Sade, leather wear, various S&M accoutrements, and Sandra's portfolio of photographs depicting men in positions of submission that strike a chord in Marie and her feelings about men (starting with her father). When Marie expresses her envy at Sandra's confidence in her sexuality and her dominant personality, Sandra recruits her from posing as a model to taking part in more sadomasochistic photo shoots with young men picked off the street. Marie's accidental strangling of a male prostitute brings the two women closer together; however, while Marie derives pleasure from being submissive to Sandra, she is reluctant to procure "new toys" for Sandra's use. When Sandra discovers Marie's secret assignations with singer Corrado (Kevin Kopacka), Marie chooses Corrado over Sandra but discovers that he does not share her need for sadomasochism ("It feels forced," he tells her) and she is soon going back and forth between them to fulfill her needs, setting the stage for tragedy as the possessive instincts of one of the three win out.

S&M: LE SADIQUES is homage to the sapphic cinema of Jess Franco - particularly EUGENIE/DE SADE 2000 with which it shares a number of Berlin filming locations - from Alex Bakshaev, who had already directed a number of short web video homages to Franco's more fantastic cinema in collaboration with El Franconomicon's Robert Monell titled RETURN OF THE BLOODSUCKING NAZI ZOMBIES culminating in the more recent long-short ZOMBIE 2024. Lensed in high definition, the film favors the simple staging of composition and low-key lighting of Franco's more intimate works while also delighting in capturing natural effects of light and shadow over the possibilities offered by digital post-production (which Franco would take advantage of in his later digital video productions). Like the characters of Sade's more romantic and parodic works - Marie is seen reading Crimes de l'Amour - and the Sadeian characters of Franco's oeuvre, love and jealousy prove to be the downfall of even the coldest characters in the love triangle, and Bakshaev does not forget that his characters are human and the act of violence - which goes farther than Franco did with his earlier Sadeian films into territory he would explore with his later HELTER SKELTER and FLOWERS OF PERVERSION (although the impact would be dulled by much slow-motion, near hardcore lesbian coupling) - seems less calculated and more of a loss of control that perhaps motivates the subsequent character's departure from the narrative more than the fear of getting caught. The end result is a homage to Franco that feels informed by his works rather than a collage of imagery set to a score of Daniel White (FEMALE VAMPIRE) themes as performed by Stuart Lindsay (augmenting cues by Kopacka and Alexander Zhemchuzhnikov).

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 14 September 2016 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Limited Edition (99 copies) - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution

Limited Edition (99 copies)

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:10:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.68 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio German Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Limited Edition (99 copies)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Trailer (1:46)
� Trailers for 'Dylan' and 'The Devil of Kreuzberg'

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 30
 

 

Comments

Limited to 99 copies, this DVD-R promo in anticipation of a future commercial release (possibly Blu-ray) sports a high bitrate encode that maximizes the file size to disc space, resulting in a nice encode of this HD-lensed film with deep blacks and rich yet naturalistic colors. The German audio track is stereo with separation afforded mainly to the music while optional English and Spanish subtitles are provided. The only extras are trailers for the film and two other works.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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