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Monday, July 21st, 2008

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I am introducing a screening of this at the NFT at 6 next Monday 28th. A deeply flawed film for which I nonetheless have some real affection.

A deeply flawed film for which I have no affection whatever is Puffball, the new Nicholas Roeg film, adapted from a more or less awful Fay Weldon novel. With Miranda Richardson and Rita Tushingham doing stage Irish accents, and a lot of fertility magic, and a very silly plot that says something rather disturbingly nasty about women's resentment of each other, and Fay Weldon's theories about sex and gender. Every so often, vulvas clench and white stuff floods into them - no really, on screen and everything - Technicolour Penisvision. I hated it so much that I decided to ring up and cry off reviewing it, rather than have to watch it to the end. There are very few films that I hate that much - it joins a select company that includes Bloodhounds of Broadway and Showgirls.
An almost perfect short film, based on a Terry Bisson short story, here.

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