With Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson, Annabel Leventon, Annabel Leventon, Vernon Dobtcheff

Directed by David Cronenberg

Based on David Henry Hwang’s controversial play (for which he also wrote the screenplay), this tale set in the ‘60s, focuses around a diplomat (Rene Gallimard) who falls for an opera singer (Song Liling). Built around the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", trust and love, truth and lies become the focal point to the utmost degree as this relationship is doomed from the start and torn to lead to tragedy.
This is one of Cronenberg’s first movies more blatantly moving away from his unique sci-fi tinged, body-horror genre which he executes so brilliantly - but his fascination with biology and the human psyche is still well-intact.

5 / B
- Paul Blom

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