ART OF EUROPE

Imamura Shohei - The Eel (1998)

[unagi aka the eel] if äι was distance then the eel's attachment. in the pornographers there's this woman who keeps a pet fish she thinks the reincarnation of her husband, which's admittedly heavy-handed. the setting then, maybe not so much that, as back to the (re-/dis-)attachment thing, the sea, well, that's the big empty (yet again, cf chopin). maybe that's straight outta sincerity, maybe cynicism stead.

western minds may think the eel the serpent, the serpent sin; lingering attachment on the sentimentaility a the act; that is, guilt.

it's a sexualized object, a fetishised object, as the vibrator renders explicit, aside from its shape its pulsations.

an it tastes good in brown sauce, too.




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