Directed by: Marian Dora
Starring: Thomas Goersch (Rafael), Tatjana Muller (Isabell), Janna Lisa Dombrowsky (Lisa)
Language: German (English Subs)
Genres: Dolls, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Torture, Serial Killers, Voyeur, Gruesome, Small Animals, Surreal
Plot – Spoilers:
A German couple – Rafael and Isabell – share an S&M relationship. Isabell loathes Rafael and yet also admires and fears him. She seems broken and a complicit accomplice in whatever he gets up to. Rafael initially comes off boorish and bored, but comes alive after he picks up a young woman Lisa to join them on their boat. The couple’s darker sides soon emerge once they have Lisa all to themselves in the vast, empty, sunlit sea.
Most of Marian Dora’s signature characteristics are on show here. Perhaps slightly tempered. But the despair and emptiness, it’s all there.