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1-900

Posted on

1900

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
315 minutes
performer:
Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Ariane Schluter, Ad van Kempen, Donald Sutherland
director:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Theo van Gogh
author:
Bernardo Bertolucci
genre:
Drama, Erotic, Foreign Language

We gave it an A

Grippingly candid and charged with eroticism, Theo van Gogh’s two-character film of a man and a woman who meet on a phone-sex line packs an emotional punch directly to the solar plexus. Despite the built-in defense mechanisms of electronic satisfaction, which is nearly always comfortably faceless and remote, Sara (Ariane Schluter) and Wilbert (Ad van Kempen) become helplessly attached. The crisscrossing of need, desire, and loneliness gets poignantly tangled as the two actors take us into the seldom-traveled landscape of psychosexuality. The fluid, painterly style of van Gogh, a descendant of the Dutch artist, keeps 1-900 from becoming a talking-head duet. Powerhouse stuff. A