1981-1990CultFranceNagisa OshimaRomance

Nagisa Ôshima – Max mon amour AKA Max My Love (1986)

“Just tell me one thing frankly. Is this monkey really your lover?”

It is and it isn’t unlikely material for Nagisa Ôshima. The element of transgressive love is here, but this time, it’s in a dry comedy whose centerpiece is a diplomat’s wife’s extramarital affair with a sensitive, somewhat unstable chimpanzee (aren’t they all?). Charlotte Rampling is the woman, Anthony Higgins is the diplomat, and Victoria Abril is the housekeeper who develops a mysterious allergy, probably but not necessarily to the titular Max.

Evidence of the film’s strengths are that it never rises to the hysteria a lesser production might wring from this material — the characters always behave and react within the realm of reason and plausibility — and the fact that the chimp emerges as a pretty sympathetic, perhaps even tragic, figure.

2.20GB | 1h 37mn | 966×576 | mkv



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