Caniba

    • Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    • France
    • 2017
    • 96 min
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    With Caniba, filmmaking anthropologists Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Leviathan, 2012) have made a probing, unsettling portrait of Issei Sagawa, the Japanese man who murdered a student and ate part of her in Paris in 1981. He was declared unfit to stand trial, and after two years in a French clinic, he was allowed to return to Japan. There, he wrote a book and made a manga cartoon about his crime, and even appeared in porn. In an attempt to fathom the motives behind his cannibalism, the filmmakers visit Sagawa at his home. A stroke left him partially paralyzed and he is now in his brother's care. Extreme close-ups switch focus between the two brothers, even revealing the pores in their skin. Their close yet complex relationship is a major cornerstone of the film. The contrast between the cannibalistic horror of Sagawa’s crime and his current helpless condition is sharp, as is the contrast between the brothers’ love of stuffed animals and their extreme sexual desires. Contains shocking images.

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    • 96 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Director
    Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    Production
    Valentina Novati for Norte Productions, Véréna Paravel for Norte Productions, Lucien Castaing-Taylor for S.E.L.
    Cinematography
    Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    Editing
    Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    Sound
    Nao Nakazawa, Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
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