A young tourist (Amy Hesketh) stumbles into a museum dedicated to the
(long deceased) Marquis de la Croix (Jac Avila). She catches the guide
(Eric Calancha) depicting the last years of the Marquis, when he was held
in solitary confinement - well, solitary confinement in theory at least,
actually, against a healthy sum of bribe money, he was given an endless
supply of beautiful young condemned-to-death female convicts to torture
and kill at his leisure ...
The Marquis's latest victim is Zynga (Mila
Joya), a young gipsy who might be innocent of the crime she has been
accused of, but her innocence only attracts the Marquis all the more to
her, as he forces her to fellate him. whips her, strips her naked, puts
her on the rack, humiliates her in every way imaginable, and whips her
some (well, a lot) more, until he has broken her spirit and she begins to
feel her torture and humiliation as normal and accepts him as her master.
And then he crucifies her ...
Of course, this story can't be verified or
falsified, as it only exists in the Marquis's memoirs, which might be 100%
made up. Then again, this could happen to everybody, even our young
One thing up front: Le Marquis de la Croix
is not a film for everybody, as it doesn't shy away from showing exactly
what it's talking about - which means you see a naked woman being tortured
and humiliated, a lot. And while Mila Joy does look just gorgeous in the
nude, you might not want to see her treated that way ... but on the other
hand, at the end of the day, this is just a movie of course.
obvious out of the way, Le Marquis de la Croix, despite its very
graphic content, is more than just mere torture porn, as in its off-screen
narration (by the Marquis himself) it mines the de Sade-like philosophy of
its villain and gives fascinating insights into his depraved mind - but in
a twisted way that reminds one of Nietzsche's "if you gaze into the
abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
So once again, this film
isn't for everybody - but if you can stomach it, it's also a quite
fascinating little film.
Oh, and if my review at all got you
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