Seeing he is unnerved, Christine asks him if he wants to stay with her. They are art-house material and several times have been nominated by several critic's associations as Best Foreign Picture. She develops a special bond with the youngest of the boys, four-year old Simcha, so far incapable of speaking. There are Hitchcockian allusions as noted, with the cold, blonde femme-fatale person represented by Christine, who has an air of subtle menace and great sexuality. When people watch Verhoevens American films, short sighted people might say, he has no talent in telling a good story and only focuses on blood and sex.
All this in a superbly packaged cinematography, Paul Verhopven manages to turn the otherwise rather cute "gesellich?
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No wonder, hard to remember. As he gets to know her and learns her husband has died, he begins to imagine she is 'a black widow. Verhoeven has often claimed that the somewhat skewed, surreal and heavily atmospheric look and feel of the film was purposely stylised to an almost obvious degree in order to placate the high-brow Dutch film critics who had, at that particular time in his career, dismissed previous films such as Keetje Tippel and Spetters as lurid sensationalism. Like any good mystery, you can see the pieces slowly falling into place as the movie progresses. In this case there is a reason but I'm not convinced of the preciousness of it. In other words, if you can't bear the thought of seeing a lust-driven homosexual envisioning the object of his carnal desire as Jesus crucified on the cross before the two of them go at it inside a cemetery crypt then this might not be the movie for you.