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The Passion of Darkly Noon

UK / Germany /  Belgium 1995
produced by
Dominic Anciano, Frank Henschke, Jim Beach (executive), Ray Burdis (executive) for Fugitive Features, Alain Keytsman Production, hauskunst Filmproduktions
directed by Philip Ridley
starring Brendan Fraser, Ashley Judd, Viggo Mortensen, Loren Dean, Grace Zabriskie, Lou Myers, Kate Harper, Mel Cobb, Josse De Pauw, Gabriele Binder, Maximilliam Paul, Knut Samel
written by Philip Ridley, music by Nick Bicât

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, the rural South of the USA, a dying man with the weird name Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser) - so called because his bible thumping parents (Kate Harper, Mel Cobb) have chosen to name him after a random Bible quote - is dropped onto the porch of Callie's (Ashley Judd) house in the middle of the woods. She nurses him back, and when she learns he has just lost his family, she offers him to live at her place, considering him a son of sorts. He gladly accepts, even though he, brought up according to the writings of the bible, takes his time to take to her free-spirited lifestyle. Plus he starts having erotic feelings for her - unsurprisingly, with her only being a few years (in real life only a few months) his senior and very seductive in nature. And having all of his life been taught to supress his sexuality, he has problems telling an innocent tease from full on seduction - so basically he falls head-over-heels in love with her ... and then her mute husband Clay (Viggo Mortensen) returns from a trip through the woods pretty much out of the blue - the very Clay she has talked about quite so often that Darkly believed him to only exist in her imagination. He tries to keep his calm as they make out pretty much before his very eyes, and he can see them lovemaking from his window - but it gets too much eventually, so he runs off into the woods - and stumbles upon Roxy (Grace Zabriskie), a woman whom he takes an instant liking in because she knows her way around the bible and thus speaks his language - but she plants evil seeds in his mind, convincing Darkly that Callie is a witch as she has many moons ago killed Roxy's husband and bewitched her son Jude to stay with her. So more and more Darkly finds himself torn between the woman who has spurned him and an evil story that falls in line with his beliefs - a state that can only lead to utter disaster ...

 

Now above might sound a bit like a run-of-the-mill horror thriller, and despite never denying its genre roots, the film plays much more like a really dark fairy tale, thanks to a very moody directorial effort that gives the whole story a magic feel, thanks to its art direction, colour grading and the like, and that really plays with its erotic undercurrents rather than just being full-on like in erotic thrillers popular at the time. Now add to that some absurd and decidedly artistic touches on one hand, a great ensemble cast on the other, and you've got yourself a very special movie that despite being quite unusual is very hard not to love!

 

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