Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1991. Bronze Eye Productions, Killer Films, Poison L.P.. Screenplay by Todd Haynes, based on the novels by Jean Genet. Cinematography by Maryse Alberti. Produced by Christine Vachon. Music by James Bennett. Production Design by Sarah Stollman. Costume Design by Jessica Haston. Film Editing by Todd Haynes, James Lyons. Independent Spirit Awards 1991.
Three stories are intercut, their main links sex and violence but otherwise based in completely different textures. One is a mock-documentary about a little boy who kills his father and then apparently flies away, another about a 1940s scientist (filmed in noir-ish black and white) who isolates sexual impulse into a potion and takes it, turning him into a raving, killing monster (AIDS metaphors abound, and far too obviously). The third takes place in a prison where two inmates develop a sadistic relationship based on the one of them remembering the other from their school days. None of these stories ever manage to produce any momentum, neither does the film benefit from them being told simultaneously.