Title: Eroticide

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Year: 2013

Genre: Short / Independent / Drama / Thriller

Language: French / English

Runtime: 38 min

Director: Matthew Saliba

Writer: Matthew Saliba / Andrée-Anne Saliba (French adaption)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3129802/

9 months after meeting each other, two people who previously found themselves in a bad place are finally able to find happiness through their love. When they're on a date, the ex-girlfriend of Yan stumbles into the restaurant and her dominant behavior snaps Yan back into his previous erotic submission.

Our thoughts:
"Eroticide" is a movie that constantly stands on the border of certain genres. Often this is something I find interesting, and when done right it's quite impressive to watch. I want to start this review by saying that "Eroticide" is somewhere between drama, horror/thriller and exploitation. It's never entirely either of those (though drama comes the closest), but it works with its intrigue andsituations in a way that will appeal to a lot of people.

It's the typical story of a happy couple and the returning ex. In this case it's Yan's ex-girlfriend Kendra who returns to ruin his relationship with Elise. Yan's time with Kendra consisted of her dominating him into total submission, and him being turned on by the humiliation due to how little he thinks of himself. When he finally got away from her he met Elise, a girl with some personal issues herself, and the two stuck to each other and found a sane ground to stand on. Kendra's return quickly brings Yan back to his perverse interests, and the relationship with Elise is quickly destroyed with a very dramatic result.

I think that the three actors all carry their roles well, being as there's only 3 roles in the movie. Personally I found myself most attched for Elise - not only because she was the nice person of the drama, but Stephanie van Rijn plays the role as lovable and powerless as she could. You can't help but feel for her. That also means you do hate Kendra, played by Lisa Di Capa, but while her portrayal is well it is still something I'd class as stereotypical for the dominant character.

The poster art (which is excellent) and title might make you expect something very perverse, but this tends to lean towards drama. I am glad the movie is just 38 minutes long, which seems like a good runtime for it. It gives you enough time to care, but it doesn't overstay its welcome. The movie is good but it doesn't really go much further than that. In the case of this one, that's all I needed due to the runtime. The fact that I don't have any specific flaws to pick on just means that the movie is good based on my interests, and it's likely it will blow some away while also boring some to death. It's well worth your time to find out where you stand.

Positive things:
- Good acting, especially by Stephanie van Rijn.
- Nice blend of genres. Could fit a lot of people's tastes.
- Fits the runtime perfectly.
Negative things:
- If anything it probably didn't stand out enough.

Gore: 1.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

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