A famous, ruthless writer takes a handsome young laborer, with aspirations of becoming a tightrope artist, as his lover and protege, but suffers tragic consequences when he later discards him for another youth.
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Papatakis' political cinema of the absurd walks skilfully a tightrope, being sure of its intentions, values, and deviations from conventional narrative and characterization. The geographical ellipses help to underline the master-slave relationship which, as a dominant French-Hegelian narrative, sustains the ways through which the handsome Arab is humiliated, eroticized, exoticized, idolized, exploited and eliminated.
Freely inspired on an episode of Jean Genet's life, with the revelation of Lilah Dadi's striking face and body (being this film his only highlight), a film related with the cinematic precision and dryness of the Diagonale filmmakers. especially Guiguet and Biette. More than an illustration of the stormy relationship between the writer and the boy, is especially about the details of the scenario, its spatial staging.