Turkish Delight (1973)

Paul Verhoeven directs Rutger Hauer, Monique van de Ven and Tonny Huurdeman in this satirical romance where an arsehole sculptor falls for a carefree middle class girl.

Love Story but with rape, horse eating, explicit sex, mastectomies, maggots and shitting. Verhoeven is satirising Dutch society but his gross out antics prove a little deadening. The cast is good when not taking their histrionics up to 11. Jan De Bont’s cinematography makes the passion and the degradation look very glowing. Side note – I had to order this on DVD from Korea to watch, which meant my copy had all the exposed genitalia blurred out. For a comedy I’m guessing the Korean blur inputter never expected to work quite so hard.


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