May 25, 2007

"a dreamlike beauty overwhelming the sordidness of the subject matter" [LINK]

From a review of the movie Zoo, syndicated by the Agence France-Presse, May 22, 2007. The film, which showed at the Cannes film festival, is a quasi-documentary about a ring of Washington state men who, until they were rounded up in July 2005, practiced bestiality. At that time a 45-year-old Boeing worker named Kenneth Pinyan was fatally wounded after being anally penetrated by a stallion.

"They've crafted a subdued, mysterious and intensely beautiful film that presents bestiality not for the purpose of titillation -- but as a way of investigating the subjective nature of morality," the movie trade magazine Variety wrote.

The men heard in the film are remarkably honest about their motivations. One of them argues "mammal to mammal" love should not be seen as wrong.

Another firmly rejects the tag "bad person" his employer lays upon him before he is sacked. They all say the horses were willing participants.

Indeed, the only judgement seemingly expressed in the documentary is not on the matter in the stable at all. It is in fleeting radio references to US President George W Bush's "war on terror" and the presumed complicity-for-profit of big companies such as Boeing.

Even the cast ended up feeling compassion for the men depicted in Zoo.

John Paulsen, who played Pinyan, said he believed the engineer had been on a self-destructive streak linked to his defence work, a divorce and injuries from a motorcycle accident.

(via Anchoress)

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