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Oscar Watch: Hungary - Biblioteque Pascal, directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

by Sydney Levine
January 5, 2011 7:00 AM
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Biblioteque Pascal is one of the strangest, most surreally erotic submission for an Academy Award Nomination I have ever seen, unless Walerian Borowczyk's Immoral Tales was submitted in the 70s, which I strongly doubt. The story of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the haute monde denizens of an English brothel has been told in various forms, the most engaging being The Whistleblower. But this tale of phantasy haunts me and repulses me at the same time. I'll never forget certain scenes and the understanding that the crimes are so great that the victim must live in a phantasy world to survive hits psychological nerves.

This one surely will not be nominated, but it also will never be forgotten by those who see it. It remains like remnants of a nightmarish dream. Check out its website here.

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