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dir: Paul Schrader


118 mins
starring: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole

Beautiful young Irena (Kinski) has a strange connection with animals and a complete aversion to sex. In fact, she has remained a virgin, troubled with confusion and fear of her sexual identity. She travels to New Orleans to meet with her long lost psychotic brother Paul (McDowell), and is alarmed when he tries to sleep with her. She is even less comfortable when she learns her family’s true history – of feline gods, sacrifices, unnatural animal/human relations and a cursed bloodline that dictates the only sexual relations her family can safely have, are with each other. Intercourse outside of the bloodline brings forth – well, a lot of very nasty circumstances. Irena starts up a relationship with a sensitive zookeeper (Heard), loses her virginity, and begins a journey through one of the bloodiest sexual awakenings that Cinema has ever seen. An incredible erotic horror film from Paul Schrader (screenwriter of TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, director of AFFLICTION, MISHIMA), writhing with fantastical perversion, surrealistic beauty and grotesque brutality. One of the best horror films of the 80s, CAT PEOPLE is poetic to the extremes, visually stunning and absolutely not for the squeamish. Features an unforgettable soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder and David Bowie, and bears almost no relation to the 1942 film that it allegedly remakes - there has never been anything like it. (MD)

Inspiré du film original de 1942 du même nom. Une jeune femme est convaincue qu‚elle possède des pouvoirs surnaturels qui lui permettent de se transformer en panthère. Métaphore sur l'émancipation sexuelle d'une jeune fille. Du scénariste Paul Scharder (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST) et réalisateur (AFFLICTION, MISHIMA. Bande sonore de David Bowie et Georgio Moroder.


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