Sunday, April 09, 2006

The film of 'The Dreamers' features, of course, the lovely Michael Pitt but also a highly-charged, smouldering, gallic actor called Louis Garrel. 'The Holy Innocents' is genealogically related - as are a surprising number of books - to Cocteau's 'Les Enfants Terribles' - there is the same enclosed, suffocating atmosphere in which brother, sister and third party play a 'game' which leads deeper and deeper into the darker corners of eroticism and adolescent power-play. The main differences between 'The Holy Innocents' and 'The Dreamers' are that the later version takes away most of the homoerotic charge between the two male characters as well as the 'actual' sexual relationship between the twins.

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