Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
United Kingdom/Belgium/The Netherlands, 1994. Corsan, Theorema Films. Screenplay by Charlie Higson, Lise Mayer. Cinematography by Jean-Francois Robin. Produced by Paul Breuls, Victoria Singleton. Music by Walter Hus. Production Design by Niek Kortekaas. Costume Design by Loret Meus. Film Editing by Kant Pan.
After committing a terrible crime, a young punk seeks refuge in a hotel and ends up in the room of a lonely paraplegic (Pete Postlethwaite). Taking the old man hostage, the tables are soon turned when the young hero discovers that he is at the mercy of this stranger who could turn him in at any second, so when it comes time for Postlethwaite to start living out his sexual fantasies through his new protégé, the unlucky guest just can’t refuse. Video packaging tries to pass this one off as a pure erotic thriller, but it’s actually a keen, introspective character study with plenty of flesh but plenty of brains too (in short, your typical European art-house flick). Enjoyable and satisfying, with a good weird edge to it.