Friday, October 17, 2008

October 16 - Mad Cowgirl [2006]

Mad Cowgirl (2006)
Director: Gregory Hatanaka
Starring: Sarah Lassez, James Duval, Devon Odessa

Wow, I'm not quite sure what to say about this movie.

I will say this though -'s interpretation of this as a horror movie is a loose one. It's definitely a mindf**k, and it involves some graphic-ish murders, but there's nothing really "horrific" about it. Well, except if you're a vegetarian - then you might watch from between your fingers.

Sarah Lassez plays Therese, who is diagnosed with a brain tumour (or is it Mad Cow Disease? That's never really answered). Essentially the plot follows Therese as her life falls apart. Not that she's too ordinary to start with.

The murders don't come until right at the end - the majority of the movie Therese spends her time either a) eating meat or b) having sex. And she has LOTS of sex - with a priest, with a chick, with her brother (eeeeew), with a stranger in a porn theatre, with her ex-boyfriend etc.

I think director Hatanaka was trying to show some kind of correlation between eating red meat and having sex, but it was all so vague. It's hard to tell what's reality and what's going on in Therese's increasingly-deranged mind.

Mad Cowgirl isn't a bad movie. It's got some great Tarantino-esque camera work, and Lassez is a fantastic actress. There's an almost David Lynch-like quality to it, but by the end you'll probably end up scratching your head and wondering what the point of it all was.

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