Run time: 104mins


Director: Peter Strickland

Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D’Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Kata Bartsch

Synopsis: Two entomologists indulge in elaborate role play where Cynthia harshly punishes the younger, innocent Evelyn for all her misdemeanours. But their act is entirely fabricated with Evelyn in fact pulling the strings. As their relationship evolves over time, the limits of their bond are tested as previously novel acts grow old and Cynthia yearns for a more conventional partnership.



From director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga; Berberian Sound Studio) us this strange and intriguing third offering that is an erotic melodrama about two female lovers (Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna from Berberian Sound Studio).  Appearing to live isolated from the rest of the world and engaged in a cycle of acts of submission and dominance that hide real emotional unhappiness.

Beautifully filmed by cinematographer, Nicholas D Knowland, it is an Arcadian pastoral fantasy – with nodding references to other influences, sometimes like Brakhage’s Mothlight, other times like a pastiche of ‘70s European erotic cinema.

Immersive, sensory and darkly Gothic there is an eerily atmospheric music score by pop duo Cat’s Eyes.

Images courtesy of Curzon Film World