Previously at the ICA - Films
30 Sep 2011 – 20 Oct 2011
Fresh from a crammed screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Guilty of Romance lands in the ICA cinema from deepest Inner Space. A hallucinatory fugue reminiscent of the night-time noir and tricksy narrative hi-jinks of Lynch's Mulholland Drive fused with the confrontational worlds of Gaspar Noe (Into the Void, Irreversible) and transgressive brio of Shuji Terayama. Familiar at the ICA for Cold Fish and Love Exposure, Sion Sono takes a true story of an investigation into a murder and turns it into something far less prosaic.
As the titles suggests, we're in a Freudian mirror world where feelings and emotions are as likely to be interpreted as signs of weakness or naivety rather than expressions of humanity. With its hallucinatory eye-popping visuals Guilty of Romance takes us on an odyssey into the heart of sexual identity.
A young bored housewife, Izumi, deeply in love with her asexual writer husband, falls under the spell of mysterious female academic Mitsuko. Mitsuko believes the key to Izumi's emancipation as a human being and woman lies in the freedom to express her hereto supressed sexuality. Yet, there is considerably more to Mitsuko's plans than meets the eye, little of which is going to be good for Izumi as layer by layer her safe familiar world is peeled away.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, runtime 112mins (tbc), Japanese w English subs