New Movies: Kinky Kicks

Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Diabolique) is a French film maker whose stock in trade is grafting psychological aberrations onto standard and somewhat sleazy melodrama. In La Prisonnière, his first film in eight years, Clouzot once again mixes an ordinary story with kinky characters, a soupçon of violence, and a touch of Krafft-Ebing just to add some spice. The result is pat, predictable and more than a little distasteful.

In fact, the story of La Prisonnière is downright repugnant. The mistress (Elisabeth Wiener) of a with-it artist (Bernard Fresson) falls for the owner of her lover's gallery. The owner (Laurent...

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