Erotic cinema is in disuse and the new Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas contributes little to it

For those who like erotic cinema, Deep waterwhich premiered yesterday at Amazon Prime VideoIt is a sad consolation. Or in any case a diagnosis of how modest cinematographic eroticism has become.
Coming from adrien lyneresponsible for some classics of the genre such as Nine weeks and a half, Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposalthe result in that reading agreement is disappointing.

Deep water is an old project of Lyne’s—who hasn’t released a movie since Infidelity with Richard Gere and Diane Lane and which is on Netflix—and the second film version of the novel that Patricia Highsmith wrote in 1957. In 1981, Michael DeVille directed an adaptation with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert in the roles they play here Ben Affleck and Anne of Arms.

They are Vic and Melinda, a couple from the open calls, a circumstance that she seems to take advantage of more than him: she is always seen with a drink in her hand and a new friend on her arm. They live in New Orleans and go from party to party with a group of wealthy men like them, who are worried about Vic’s passive attitude in the face of her blatant “adulteries”.

It doesn’t seem surprising to many that some of those lovers disappear (or turn up dead) and the one in New Orleans is apparently the worst forensic team in the world.

Deep water is co-written by Zach Helm and series creator euphoria, Sam Levinson, and in the cast the best known would seem to be Tracy Letts, who may not be able to locate it that way, but if she sees his face, she will surely take it out. The rest are unknown.

Lyne, who is 81, had been trying to move the project forward for eight years. One character, a writer, complains about how long Hollywood takes to make a movie. Inside joke.

The film was going to be released in theaters in November 2020, then it went to August 2021 and then to January of this year. It was finally released on Hulu, in the United States, and on Amazon Prime Video in some parts of the world that include Uruguay. .

Closer to a suspense movie —or, being generous, the drama of a dysfunctional family—, with little or no eroticism despite having two stars like Affleck, 49, and De Armas, 33. Both are He linked them romantically during the filming, which had added a certain, in the end unfulfilled, predisposition “hot” to the invention.

In any case, the filming was accompanied by comments such as “the chemistry between them was so intense on set that everyone talked about it.” Add to that a paparazzi-hounded vacation to Cuba, which is where she was born. They were seen in crowded places and from there they went to Costa Rica for beaches and for the first kiss for the photo.

In August 2020, she was seen moving into Affleck’s house in Malibu, in addition to sharing moments with the actor’s two children with Jennifer Garner. They are not together anymore.

The erotic thriller had a boom in the 1990s, somewhat more liberal than this modest current. Part of the blame lies with Lyne, who already in the 80s put Kim Basinger dancing to “You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Joe Cocker and Michael Douglas risking his family and his life for a torrid affair with Glenn Close on Fatal Attraction.

On Indecent Proposal left the couple Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore in the moral debate of accepting the million dollars offered Robert Redford for one night with her. As daring as they seemed, Lyne’s erotic thrillers are just as weak on her stories.

A little edgier and a better film was Paul Verhoeven’s Low Instincts, which had Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas on a ride of wild sex, cocaine and a couple of homicides. It was a good movie, something that —beyond more current reviews— did not happen with showgirlsthe next from Verhoeven.

He also shot a lot of movies that copied his formula. The list is huge: body of the crime with madonna and Willem Dafoe; sliver with Stone and William Baldwin; the last seduction with Linda Fiorentino and Peter Berg; sexual harassment with Moore and Michael Douglas; Unlimited with Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon; the color of the night with Bruce Willis and Jane March; Jade with Fiorentino and David Caruso and Wild creatures with Matt Dillon, Denise Richards and Neve Campbell. All that in five years. The quality is uneven, but if you like the style it’s as close as you’ve come in recent times.

In fact, in recent years, the most mainstream and erotic was the saga of 50 shades of gray that so pasteurized it contributed little and was not necessarily, except for the third installment, a suspenseful thriller. Neither is what’s on Netflix: some series (Sex/Life) and a couple of movies (365, Sex Games 3, Perverse Addiction); They are waste products.

For this reason, a somewhat morbid expectation had been generated in a certain public for this Deep Waters, but there is not much sex here. What there is is a reflection on that each couple is a world. The one of these two is very complicated.

Lyne will have lost her eroticism but not her pulse to maintain attention and tension. Always, the same, she is left with the idea that everything could have been told better. And she could have taken more advantage of Affleck and De Armas. The torridness is scarce.

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Erotic cinema is in disuse and the new Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas contributes little to it