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Diary of Forbidden Dreams

R 1973 1h 34m Comedy List
17% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 50% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Fleeing a rapist, a woman finds a wealth of unusual material for her diary when she seeks refuge at an isolated villa. Read More Read Less
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Jay Cocks TIME Magazine Polanski inexplicably uses all the absurdist conventions that he mocked so deftly in Cul de Sac. Feb 4, 2019 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times The girl, the villa and the performances are beautiful enough to bridge those sequences when the film, like its heroine, seems searching for explanations that will never be found. Mar 27, 2013 Full Review Chris Petit Time Out All suitably throwaway, it's held together by our own curiosity and Polanski's obvious delight in observing such strange goings-on in rich summer villas. Mar 27, 2013 Full Review John Simon Esquire Magazine Confirms me in the belief that this gifted film maker is the sad victim of his supreme lack of discipline. Jul 23, 2020 Full Review Judith Crist Texas Monthly Polanski and his pals may have had a fine time cavorting around the villa but it's not catching on a 112 minutes of film. Jun 11, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Stupid, clumsy, pretentious and sexist drivel from Roman Polanski -- easily the worst picture of his career. Rated: 1/4 May 7, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Joel C This film invites you into the world of some strange characters all living the same Italian house overlooking the ocean. It's shot nicely with beautiful landscape. We follow the main character, a sexy woman, into the house after she escapes some rapists, and here she interacts with the house of characters. It's like the saying "look into the abyss, and the abyss looks back", meaning these characters are living in their own worlds until our protagonist stumbles in. Here, they all have their own way of dealing with her in their own weird ways. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/01/21 Full Review harsh c Sad showcase of #MeToo scenarios Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is where it starts getting wonky. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member The story stumbles awkwardly from one nipple to the implausible next, with very little interest for what's in between. In all fairness I've never really found the sternum all that interesting either, especially in comparison to tits, but the end result is a mess. Characters and drama are sold upstream for butt cheeks and belly buttons. You almost wish they would have gone for straight porn instead of walking a cheek reddening line between, "I'm here to fix your pipes" and "Hell is other people". Should you watch this movie, only if you hate women. There are worse thing in life, like: Sticking your tongue in a paper shredder. Filling your nose with someone else's boogers. Being buried alive in a coffin full of starving hagfish, in heat. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Divertida comedia absurda con tintes casi surrealistas, es una de las mas olvidadas peliculas de Roman Polanski, que obviamente no se encuentra dentro de sus mejores logros pero es un gusto personal. Me encanto el uso constante de deja-vu's. A Sydne Rome la encuentro muy guapa y carismatica en su papel (80% de la pelicula sale en calzones y con una pierna pintada de azul) y Marcello Mastroniani, hilarante, interpreta a un hedonista que gusta de verstirse de tigre como perversión. Hace años que la vi y no la encuentro por ningun lado :( , si tienen oportunidad de verla, no la desperdicien. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Polanski stops his suspenseful genius; he needed solid material either to adapt or to create in order to solidify his genre talents. However, like few directors dare to do in their lifetime, he throws the towel and decides to embark on a journey of the perverted and surreal. "What if I decide to challenge people to enter into my mind realm?" And so, he begins to dig the rabbit's hole as deep as he felt the pleasure to! Mocking himself, laughing at clichés, revealing Mastroianni's campiness, <i>Che?</i> is born and it is an absolute freaking blast! Like a hard slap on your viewing and moral habits! 98/100 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Fleeing a rapist, a woman finds a wealth of unusual material for her diary when she seeks refuge at an isolated villa.
Director
Roman Polanski
Screenwriter
Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski
Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
May 3, 2016
Runtime
1h 34m
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