Crimes of the Future
David Cronenberg for Emergent Films
directed by David Cronenberg
starring Ronald Mlodzik, Jon Lidolt, Tania Zolty, Jack Messinger, Paul Mulholland, William Haslam, Willem Poolman, Stefen Czernecki, Raymond Woodley, Kaspars Dzeguze, Iain Ewing, Brian Linehan, Leland Richard, Norman Snider, Stephen Zeifman, William Wine, Bruce Martin, Don Owen, Udo Kasemets, Sheldon Cohen, George Gibbins, Rafe Macpherson, Aus von Blicke
written by David Cronenberg
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After the disappearance of Doctor Antoine Rouge, Adrian Tripod (Ronald
Mlodzik) has taken over the House of Skin, a cosmetics research lab
that also houses human test persons - but also the breeding ground for
what came to be known as Rouge's Malady, a virus that has killed
most post-pubescent women and now also attacks the male population ... and
yet the disease is almost non-traceable before death and only signified by
painted toenails. And there's another thing about Rouge's Malady: The foam
its victims are emmitting after death tastes just delicious and seems to
After the last test person of the House of Skin has died,
Tripod decides to go to the hospital for venereal diseases to work
undercover and try and solve the secret of the epidemic. Eventually, his
research leads him to a therapeutic facility. It is here that
he meets Tiomkin, leader of a group of paedophiles who believe the only
cure for Rouge's Malady is to impregnate a pre-pubescent girl who has not
yet been exposed to nail-polish - but when they have actually kidnapped a
girl, none of them (including Tripod) can bring himself to rape her ...
weird, not always accessible film: It is shot without any on-screen sound
but strange soundscapes, and an off-screen narrator seems to guide us
through the story, yet what he says is not always (or hardly ever) in
synch witht he onscreen goings-on - a similar technique to that one
Cronenberg also used on his debut feature Stereo.
Yet, if you can accept that, the film has a strangely hypnotic feel to it,
thanks to Cronenberg's almost clinical direction that makes perfect use of
the 1960's style futuristic architecture at hand, presents the audience
with weirdness followed by oddness, but all presented by way of satire, and that tells a really strange story in an
even more unusual way.
As I said, the film is not necessarily totally
accessible - but pretty good nonetheless.