Title: Pearls Before Swine

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Year: 1999

Genre: Transgressive / Independent / Action

Language: English

Runtime: 96 min

Director: Richard Wolstencroft

Writer: Richard Wolstencroft

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183641/

Daniel Wingrowe is a gun-for-hire and when he's not fulfilling his hitman contracts, he keeps himself preoccupied with BDSM role-playing games and analyzing the world around him. Daniel's personal beliefs are brought into question when his friend wants to bring him in on a job that will require him to assassinate an author who is starting an underground movement. While killing in the name of politics hasn't been an issue for Daniel before, this time he finds himself struggling with inner turmoil while he tries to decide what he needs to do before the contract deadline.

Our thoughts:
Panned by critics as being idiotic and being a primary example of poor filmmaking but praised by it's fans for the political themes. "Pearls Before Swine" is a movie from Australia's underground scene that has something to say while also not being about anything. Considered to be apart of the Transgressive movement (an area that I'm no expert in so I cannot agree or disagree with this) has it all: sex, violence, political idealism by lead actor (and infamous political philosopher) Boyd Rice, and voyeuristic tendencies.

"Pearls Before Swine" and director Richard Wolstencroft are unapologetic about the movie's subject matter and right off the bat shows you what this movie is going to be all about. As it opens with Daniel Wingrowe (Boyd Rice) being spanked in a fetish role-playing game with a creepy old man. Daniel meeting up with his friends and going on a killing spree of homeless teenagers and getting paid for it. Then moving onto what is unquestionably one of the hottest shower sex scenes with his well endowed sexual partner Christy Rise (Lisa Hutchinson). These scenes are followed one right after the other and tell you exactly what you are going to get and what you should expect with the rest of the movie. "Pearls Before Swine" doesn't really have a narrative - it isn't shallow to the point where it exists with out reason but part of the reason why mainstream critics have such a problem with the movie is that it doesn't have traditional storytelling and doesn't follow the "rules" of filmmaking 101.

A majority of the movie is following the Daniel Wingrowe character in his daily activities of death and sex while having inner monologues of philosophical ideas about people and political beliefs; he also has these same discussions with whoever will listen. Sometimes funny, such as where he's talking about how great violence in media is and how it effects people, over dinner where he promptly tells his friend's date to shut the fuck up for objecting to watching a violent movie. Then there are other times where it can be offensive to some as the character subtly praises Hitler and the Nazi movement by talking about how it was aesthetically pleasing and the general ramifications that came with Hitler's rise to power. Interject these moments with scenes of fetish sex (that includes a bit of shit eating), graphic violence of beatings and shootings, and even some surrealistic nightmare sequences that can go toe-to-toe with any arthouse experimental movie.

"Pearls Before Swine" is a movie that draws a line in the sand and challenges it's viewers: either you'll get it or you won't, you'll love it or you'll hate it. It doesn't follow any typical filmmaking methods and doesn't have a traditional story to follow. While the political ideas and obvious pro-fascism beliefs are on the surface and are in no way subtle, it doesn't seem or feel to have an agenda. The movie does get in the face of the viewers with what it has to say and what it has to show - it tries to be entertaining and amusing as well, strictly in a black comedy sense. These moments are the ones where you'll get it or you won't and you'll know this by the fact of whether or not you're the one who's laughing. Such as a scene where one of Daniel's friends goes on a diatribe of how much he hates gay people (or rather as he puts it, faggots) and since this movie was made during the heightened PC era. The intentions are to make you laugh, whether you do or not depends on how sensitive you are; this applies to the whole movie.

This is not a movie that you can just recommend to anybody, it is something people have to go after themselves because there really isn't any middle ground here - you'll love it or you'll hate it. I had been after it for quite some time and thankfully Ronny was able to help me out since the Swedish company Njuta Films released it as a double feature with Wolstencroft first movie "Bloodlust" (which is also good). "Pearls Before Swine" really is an interesting movie as it is serious but has a black-comedy element to it as well while exploiting sex and violence for the sole purpose of being entertaining without every apologizing for it. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the movie for the fact that it's the type of a movie where the director made what he wanted to make, and that was that.

Positive things:
- Undoubtedly one of the best shower-sex scenes.
- Is both serious and funny.
- The movie does it's own thing.
- Some good old fashioned violence.

Negative things:
- The acting isn't the best.
- Some of the squibs look like paintballs.

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

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