Blonde ★★★★

I see FIRE WALK WITH ME mentioned a lot next to this and yeah, I totally hear that, but feel like it's a lot closer to LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. Both are depicting the psychic and symbolic landscapes of deeply, troublingly mortal people who are also fully "divine," and the cruelty they suffer at the hands of those who make demands on one or the other version of them. Only in death do they fully transcend that state of being. Marilyn's conversations with her fetus(es) remind me completely of Christ's confrontations with Satan even if the semiotics are entirely different. Is this unsubtle, even pretentious? Yes, absolutely. But it's also neither the stomach-churning litany of abuse nor the agency-robbing faux-feminist diatribe you might have been led to expect. Good movie.

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