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The World's Longest Calvin Klein Commercial
on May 6, 2013
Remember those black and white Calvin Klein fragrance commercials where beautiful but bland people read pretentious lines to a drama you never understand in 30 seconds in order to sell cologne? Well, that's what I was thinking while watching BROTHEL, a movie filled with 3 to 4-second shots that may or may not mean anything to the story.
For example, in the opening shots, a very sexy Serena Scott Thomas is busy at her restaurant when her husband/boyfriend/lover stops by for a quickie in her office. She finds him dead just afterward but as the film progresses, you have no idea if he killed himself, a ghost seduced him to death, or if Serena had sex with him until he died. The film presents all three scenarios over and over...and that's just those two characters.
Deep into the film, you literally have no idea what's going on. Since the style of the film was so chaotic with crazy cuts and otherworldly voice overs and bizarre images, you have no idea what reality existed in the story in the first place as it veers into artsy and surreal fantasies. Was anything ever real? Does anything matter?
The ladies in the film are all excellent but it was trying to see them in snippets the whole time. The location of Jerome, Arizona is visually stunning but also felt short-changed. A wonderful ghost story could've been made of these ladies and the location...unfortunately, this wasn't it.