Crimes of the Future
In the world which David Cronenberg‘s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE depicts, most people don‘t feel pain anymore. One exception is performance artist Saul Tense (Viggo Mortensen), who is constantly in pain and producing new organs with unclear purposes.
In the world which David Cronenberg‘s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE depicts, most people don‘t feel any pain anymore. One exception is performance artist Saul Tense (Viggo Mortensen), who is constantly in pain, sleeps in a special bone massage bed and has to have breakfast in a very uncomfortable wobbling chair. His creativity consists of constantly producing new organs with a purpose that remains unclear. They are rumbles about them being tumors, His partner Caprice (Lea Seydoux), a former trauma surgeon, tattoos Saul‘s organs in the body and extracts Saul‘s “inner beauty“ with a converted autopsy machine during a live performance. Saul and Caprice are superstars of the performance art scene.
You can tell that Cronenberg began this project in the 90s. There are many references to older films, primarily VIDEODROME (1981) in which the body fuses with media (VHS tapes in this case) to create a “new flesh“ and DEAD RINGERS (1988) in which twins develop a fetish for mutated sexual organs. In the 90s, the fantasies of Cronenberg‘s earlier films became more and more of a reality. In pop culture, tattoos and piercings became markers of the “urban primitives,“ body art and body modification became mainstream, performance artists like Flatz, who crucified himself on a Berlin apartment building and let himself be whipped while a helicopter threw a dead cow on the street, became the cover stars of Zeit magazine. Goths read Bataille‘s “Erotisme“ and thought about death while screwing transgressively.
So CRIMES OF THE FUTURE is a rather ironic title. It doesn‘t reach the “shock value“ of the older Cronenberg films, but what was covered up by the commotion surrounding the censors is now much more prominent. There‘s a performance of a not great but popular artist that sews hundreds of ears onto his body but they all can‘t hear. There‘s a fan archive, where Kristen Stewart as a sexy-creepy mega fan dreams of tattooing one of Saul‘s organs just once. There‘s a lesbian mechanic couple who are wild about the autopsy machine. Whether the crimes of the future really lie in the manipulation of organs and dubious epigenetic attempts remains to be seen. CRIMES OF THE FUTURE is incredibly amusing as a satire about the body pop of the recent past. The fact that a plastic garbage bin is eaten at the beginning of the film is consistent.
Translation: Elinor Lewy
Original title: Crimes of the Future
Kanada/Griechenland/Frankreich 2022, 107 min
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Director: David Cronenberg
Author: David Cronenberg
DOP: Douglas Koch
Montage: Christopher Donaldson
Music: Howard Shore
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen, Scott Speedman, Tanaya Beatty
- OV Original version
- OmU Original with German subtitles
- OmeU Original with English subtitles
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