BabyJaneHudson wrote:I had not seen any of the hype for this film before seeing it and people who have aren't stupid.
but i think you can't deny that Martyrs stirred some controversy, before it was shown at FF. IIRC even (pardon my poor memory) whoever was introducing the film on stage said something along the lines "we knew we had to show it"
I think it is being discussed as much as it is, because it is powerful and it has got a lot of people thinking, whether they liked it or not, which is never a bad thing.
my point is - what the hell is the message behind it? to me it's quite silly. powerful? perhaps. but on different level - it is made in arthouse vein, so the assumption is - there has to be meaning. as i see it - it's empty. moving at times but shallow. and the main point i am trying to make, my stupid question to the director - why would anyone consider it a important film? maybe i am lacking something but there is nothing behind gore. so, again, explain it to me - why it is great/important movie?
i wouldnt say its important for its content more for the way it makes you think or feel afterwards,and thats individual to us all,some people might have seen it as a test to see how brutal it was,so they can walk away with bravado and say,nah thats nothing special,seen worse or better.
if you want to see worse you can find it for real on the web,battle footage war atrocities etc, i wasnt shocked by the amount of brutality of the film but more left speechless by beauty of the closing scenes,which is for me on a par with the Fountain.
the ends justify the means in this film,but if your looking for an important movie but also shocking and a lesson for us all in dehumanising and politics then choose Salo.
but with regards to the end treatment of the girl by being skinned alive,the fact that we dont see it happen is less shocking than robbie williams taking his clothes and skin off in the rock DJ video.