The Passion of Darkly Noon: Brendan Fraser, Ashley Judd, Dir Philip Ridley a jpoc movie review

Not much plot but great to look at.

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Six out of ten.

I saw this film on the 29th of June 1997 at the Aventure in Brussels. It was part of "La Fete du Cinema" and, on that day, I saw four films at substantially less than half the normal price. Most likely, I'll never see so many films at the cinema on one day again but it was fun. I saw this film alone but later, I was joined by two friends (hi David and Christine) for an alternating succession of Beers and Films until night fell and the cinemas closed.

My review

This film has a very simple plot that says nothing new but it serves as a platform for a beautiful piece of film making art.

A young man, Darkly Noon (Fraser) who has had a very strict religious upbringing, runs in terror through the forest where he is found, rescued and taken to an isolated cabin in the depths of the forest. There, he meets Callie (Judd) who befriends and takes care of him.

Darkly has never before seen a woman like Callie and he finds that she arouses feelings in him that he thinks are very wrong. Later, when Callie's lover Clay returns, Darkly spies on them. Believing that what they are doing, is as wrong as what he finds himself doing, he is torn between his strict upbringing and a his new feelings.

Callie and Clay are the only two people in a position to help him but they remain oddly unaware of the explosion that is building inside Darkly. Eventually, he can take no more and exactly what you expect to happen does.

It's not a new storyline but the film is carried by Ashley Judd's acting and some wonderful cinematography. The forest becomes a weird, threatening and surreal place where Callie reigns like some irresistibly lovely fairy queen. Judd gives the character a credible mix of open friendship and compassion while being fully and unquestioningly committed to her mute partner Clay.