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Psychological horror movie in which a woman’s sexual liberation through an erotic double life soon changes into a prison she can’t escape from without dropping her guard.
The film begins with a quote from Sigmund Freud: ‘The sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology.’ What follows is a psychological horror movie in which a woman’s sexual liberation presently changes into a prison she can’t escape.
In a frame story, we see the story of Stella, who explains to her psychiatrist in flashbacks how she turned to the erotic party scene to escape from her lethargic marriage. This double life comes easy to her. ‘I discovered I’m truly good at crying, fucking and lying.’ On the psychiatrist’s sofa, Stella is unapproachable. And the sex scenes are represented as indifferently as Stella talks. But the frame story strikes a deeper layer: one morning, Stella wakes up and finds herself locked up in a basement. Her recently acquired self-assurance about her desires and body quickly crumbles in the hands of her abductor. When after a few days another woman is locked in the basement with her, the puzzle gets more complicated. Stella has to drop her guard.