Films which include female genital mutilation and got a lot of hype for that, but in fact are excellent movies regardless of the auch-scenes:

SEOM – The Isle (2000, Kim Ki-Duk)

The slow-enfolding but aggresively passionate love story on a lake-house. Immense loneliness, sadeness and desperation probably don’t make good premises for a “healthy” relationship, and this is what I see as the film’s main, insightful question: when one has a troubled relationship with oneself, how will this reflect on his/her relationship with others?

LA PIANISTE – The Piano Player (2001, Michael Haneke)

The directing genius of Haneke combined with the acting genius of Isabelle Hupert provide an excrushiating, obsessive portrait of a middle-aged woman torn by her own mazochistic desires.

ANTICHRIST (2009, Lars von Trier)

This film is so painfully beautiful and stylish that it took my breath away. The incredible black and white, slow-motion love scene at the beginning haunts me still.The story of a troubled couple on the verge of madness comes through with Trierian power due to the actors, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Defoe.

+ a bonus: DESERT FLOWER (2009, Sherry Horman) The true story of a Somalian nomad turned international model and UN spokesperson against female circumcision.


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