A Film by Elfi Mikesch & Monika Treut
From the Director of VIRGIN MACHINE.
Pina Bausch dancer Mechthilde Grossmann plays Wanda, a dominatrix who runs
a "gallery" in a building on the Hamburg waterfront, where audiences
pay for the privilege of watching her humiliate her slaves. Along the way, Wanda
leaves her German lesbian lover, a shoe fetishist, for her American "trainee,"
and does more than step on the toes of a male performer who has broken the rules
of the master/slave relationship by falling in love with her. Rather than dwelling
on the rituals and perfomances, the film explores the psychological aspects
of power and submission, and focuses on the shifting roles in S&M relationships.
"This is the most sophisticated lesbian film I've ever seen, carefully
stylized in the color-coordinated mode of the late Fassbinder. Or like Helmut
Newton photography come to life." - C. Carr, Village Voice
"Seduction is a stunner... this is S&M by Avedon, outfits by Dior."
- Marcia Pally, Film Comment
"Probably the only intelligent inside view of consensual sado-masochism
ever put on film." - NOW, Toronto