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Phantom Love


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PHANTOM LOVE is a surreal, highly visual drama about an enmeshed family, in which violence and trauma are steadily percolating, just beneath the surface.

The lead character is LULU (Marina Shoif): a very beautiful, but angry and isolated woman, who lives alone, and works in a casino in Korea-town, Los Angeles. Lulu's lover is much younger than herself-the relationship is charged but emotionally disconnected. Lulu's younger sister, NITZAN (Juliette Marquis), is in the midst of a psychotic breakdown, caused in part by prescription medication. Lulu feels emotionally invaded by her mother, who wants to come to town and stay in Lulu's apartment in order to try and help the younger sister-but this feels like a further intense invasion, and Lulu refuses.

PHANTOM LOVE weaves these various elements together into a strange but archetypal story, revealing the interior processes by which Lulu manages to see, and therefore begin to release herself, from the violence which surrounds her.

Like all Nina Menkes's work, PHANTOM LOVE positions an alienated woman against a harsh, inhospitable landscape-this time, within a family. Stylistically, the film combines fairy-tale elements and a dreamy, mystical quality with a gritty, hyper-real, and sometimes almost documentary style, shooting everything on location and often using non-actors ("real" people) in the non-major roles.

Structured like Chinese boxes, with each scene opening onto another, still deeper inside, PHANTOM LOVE is a powerful document about one woman's descent into self.

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  • Actors: Marina Shoif, Juliette Marquis, Bobby Naderi
  • Directors: Nina Menkes
  • Writers: Nina Menkes
  • Producers: Kevin Ragsdale
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: KNR Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JTFLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ozma Tahora on March 23, 2011
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A woman croupier drifts like a ghost through languidly lit hotel spaces, or submits to jackhammer missionary intercourse while an I'm-not-here expression hardens her turned-away face. A punk Raskolnikov, a Jew in a poor Arab section of Tel Aviv, walks up and down narrow staircases, dodges harassers on the street, and holes up in nearly empty bars where electronic dance music supplies a background to his encounters with prostitutes and a sympathetic detective. These are the people and the spaces of Phantom Love (2007; February 25 @ 7 pm) and Dissolution (2010; February 26 @ 7 pm), two extraordinary feature films by US-Israeli filmmaker Nina Menkes that ArtsEmerson is bringing to the Paramount Center this weekend, with the filmmaker in attendance. The very emptiness of these spaces becomes a source of conflict and even heat, eliciting a response from Menkes's figures or responding in turn to some lack within them.
Phantom Love is a pure psychodrama, in which the heroine's relationship with her sister and her mother (externalized parts of herself?) play out in elegant black-and-white images that carefully prowl their own borderline reality. Dissolution, a free adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, departs from narrative to study a recalcitrant visual universe (also shot in black and white). In Dissolution's first shot, the landlady- avoiding, pawnbroker-killing hero (Didi Fire in a brilliant performance) contemplates a large snail; in a harrowing scene later on, he does battle with a chunk of cow lung, the only meat he can afford at the local butcher.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bhamdave on August 28, 2013
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Come on please!!! Just because it's pornographic,almost dialogue free and shot in black and white does not mean that it's art. Pure unadulterated GARBAGE. Had the editor done his job, this film would have ended up being less than 5 minutes long.
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