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Diane (Connie Nielsen) puts drugs in her colleague Kare's (Dominique
Reymond) drink on a flight home from a business trip. Arriving on solid
ground, the out-of-it Karen is kidnapped by 2 men ... days later she is
found, seriously injured.
Diane meanwhile has taken over her job, & is working on an
important assignement, buying the rights to Japanese animated porn &
selling it to the American company Demonlover.. & she works together
with Hervé (Charles Berling), someone the icecold Diane always had a soft
spot for ... & noone suspects her having drugged Karen, noone but
maybe KAren's (& now Diane's) assistant Elise (Chloe Sevigny), with
whom she only agrees about hatin each other.
But why did Diane drug Karen, just to boost ther own career ?
No, Diane is a spy for Animetronix, Demonlover's chief competition in
the distributin of Japanese animated porn, & if Demonlover would make
the deal with Diane's company, it woulod blow Animetronix out of the
market. So Diane has to do everything to sabotage the deal, but she soon
finds out sabotaging a perfect deal in her position proves much more
difficult than it might sound like, & soon Diane is left with no other
choice but to personally break into Demonlover's chief negotiator Elaine
(Gina Gershon) & steal her labtop ... but she is caught by Elaine,
& in the fight that ensues, Diane almost kills her, but in the end,
Elaine knocks her out ...
The next day´, Diane wakes up in the hotelroom, but Elaine is gone,
& so are all traces of the fight.
A few days later, Karen, the woman she druged, gives her a videotape
that shows her what has happened ... some anonymous people have cleaned up
the room & brought the injured Elaine away ... but now they have her
in their hands, & they are not just someone, they are from the
Hellfire Club, an extreme S/M porn site that just happens to be a
subsidiary of Demonlover.
Soon Elise, her assistant that has more & more become her master
for all the things she knows about her, comes to pick her up & give
gher a tour through the Hellfire Club, but this time, Elise lets her off
Later Diane has a date with Hervé, the man she almost loves ... but he
tells her that he is working together with Elise ... for
Demonlover/Hellfire Club. Still, she goes to bed with him (for the first
time), but in the next morning shoots him in the head.
It's not long before she is picked up by the Hellfire Club again, &
locked into a dirty hotelroom. An attempted escape leads to nothing &
in the end she becomes the subject, the star of the Hellfire club, for the
next session ... a session she (like many other Hellfire Club models
before her, might not survive.
What sounds like a sensationalistic blend of cyberpunk & erotica,
somewhat similar to David Cronenberg's Videodrome, actually turns
out to be a fine mystery, driven by characters rather than shiney
surfaces, that paints a rather grim but fascinating picture of today's
businessworld, where wearing a clean suit doesn't keep onefrom selling
sleaze to the world & openly admitting to enjoy extreme S/M porn,
while still claiming to be a respectable businessman.