|Starring:||Thiago Teles, Laurent Lucas, Lou Castel, Clara Choveaux, Celia Catalifo|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Aug 2005|
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Pretentious and plotlessBy a customer from Bedfordshire , 15 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Not only is the film undearably slow, it suddenly changes plot (such as it is) half way through as if the director decided it was failing and needed new scenery. It desperately to be arty, but in fact it tries to sell on the 'Transsexual titilation' angle.
Terriible, depressing and rather nasty too.
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tedious, the worst of all insults!By a customer , 12 Jun 2013I loved 'House of Tolerance' by this film's director, so was keen to go back in time and watch this film based on the myth of Tiresias. Whilst true to that myth - sex-change, prostitution, prophesy - the film manages to suck all life out of what should be a compelling story. That old French fault of confusing wordy obfuscation with penetrating insight is at the heart of the problem, lines recited in bored tones bearing all the hallmarks of Beaudelaire on a very bad day. Fortunately Bonello seems to have seen the error of his way with 'House of Tolerance'. Let;s just hope he remembers not to return to making this sort of tedious movie.
Tiresia (2003)By Libretio (27 reviews) from UK , 26 Feb 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Based on a fable from Greek mythology, Bertrand Bonello's film attends the fortunes of 'beautiful' transsexual prostitute Tiresia (a full-frontal performance by the rather plain-looking Clara Choveaux) who is held captive by an obsessed fanatic. Without access to her daily hormones, Tiresia begins to revert back to her male self (played by the rather more attractive Thiago Telès), after which he's set free under the worst possible circumstances and lands in rather more amenable company before developing a gift of preternatural foresight.
Make no mistake, this is a glum film. VERY glum. No one smiles. No one laughs. One character doesn't even speak (with no indication she's supposed to be mute). Tiresia suffers, finds a reprieve, and then suffers some more after a few people take umbrage at his blunt psychic predictions. More than anything else, the film has the forward momentum of a tide of treacle. In other words, it's slow. VERY slow. Boy, is it slow!!...
There's an act of violence which is SO shocking that it may wake up a handful of viewers rendered unconscious by the somnambulistic pacing, while everyone else will either give up halfway through, or stay to gawp at Telès, a remarkably beautiful model-turned-actor who gives a fair account of himself here. Unfortunately, that's the only thing worth taking from this miserable little item, which fails to engage the intellect on any other level.
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Interesting but not entirely successfulBy William Drew from London, UK , 23 Feb 2007This film is not as successful as Bonello's previous 'The Pornographer', but it is still a fascinating, poetic, complex piece of work. Again he links the apparently superficial sleazy world of selling sex (this time with trans-sexual prostitutes) to something much deeper. While the Pornographer was deeply political, this film concerns itself more with the realm of myth and therein lies most of the problem. Without an understanding of the myth of Tiresias, a good deal of this film will pass you by. Also, the link is a bit confusing - Tiresias was a man who was transformed (fully) into a woman and then changed back, whereas the Tiresia of the film is very much part-man, part-woman, even before the hormones start wearing off. The first part of the film is beautiful but slow-moving. When Tiresia is blinded though, things start getting interesting and they move into the realm of the genuinely tragic, especially at the end. If you loved 'The Pornographer' and/ or are interested in Greek myths, I would recommend this, but if you're new to Bonello's work, start with 'The Pornographer'.
Not for mainstream fansBy a customer from Midlands , 28 Jul 2006I think this film is not going to be to everyones tastes. it is not going to appeal to people who like mainstream movies. It is more suited to arthouse fans who are very broad minded as this film sets out to shock somewhat. I personally think the film drifted off though. From the initial plot of the film being about a transexual it drifted into something that didn't seem relevent to the rest of the movie.
Good shocking, thought provoking film for fans of the genre.
What?By mptye (46 reviews) from huddersfield , 27 Jul 2006What? I enjoyed it though, damn church.