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La Prisonniere (18*) + Introduction by Virginie Sélavy

My Twisted Valentine

Henri-Georges Clouzot's La Prisonnière

Our ‘alternative’ Valentine’s offering, this final film by director Henri-Georges Clouzot (Les Diaboliques) takes us into a kinky love triangle set in the Paris art world of the Swinging Sixties.

Josée is a confident, liberated modern woman with a career as a film editor and an ‘open’ marriage to kinetic sculptor Gilbert. After an exhibition opening she goes home with the gallery owner, Stan, where a disturbing Hans Bellmer nude takes pride of place, and a coco de mer sits provocatively on the coffee table.

He’s showing her some photos when, oops, up pops an image of a naked woman, bound in chains. Josée is both intrigued and repelled by what Stan tells her of his predilections, and of his sessions photographing women in S&M poses. Will she decide to be the next?

In the course of the film Josée makes discoveries about her sexuality she struggles to come to terms with. Is Stan right that there is a deep strain of perversity in us all? And… what’s love got to do with it? We’re delighted to welcome critic Virginie Sélavy to unpick this film’s tangled tale of love, voyeurism and domination/submission.


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France/Italy 1968 Dir Henri-Georges Clouzot 103 min Digital presentation

Curated by Cigarette Burns Cinema

*This film has been locally classified by the Barbican Centre

Please note: this film contains adult themes, viewer discretion is advised. 
Please note: this film contains strobe light effects that may be unsuitable for viewers with light sensitivity. 


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