exground filmfest | 24 | wiesbaden | 11-20 nov 2011


filmfest > program > int - international > sensation


by Tom Hall
Ireland/The Netherlands 2010 HDCam 107 min. Engl. OV

fri 18 nov  20.00 h  Caligari FilmBühne <Ticketreservation>

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Sligo farmer Donal Duggan is 26, less a man than a child growing older, he is dead to wonder, dulled to life, empty of kindness and boiling with lust. SENSATION details the relationship between Donal and a veteran Kiwi escort, Kim. They begin as client and call-girl, evolve into genuine lovers, then business partners and finally co-defendants. It is a relationship based less on desire or mutual attraction than on urgent need. They give each other something no one else can, a sense of meaning and belonging, a way into a society that had hitherto shunned them. In this way the narrative touches on another new theme in Irish life. The corrupting effects of power and money on someone who’s never had any of either. Donal longs for love and meaning but settles for sex and status. He will come to realize that they’re not the same thing.


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