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In the mood for Lust

Ang Lee goes NC-17
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 3, 2007
3.0 3.0 Stars

Like In the Mood, Lust asks when the role playing stops and the real self begins, if ever. It broadens the stage to include the world, and that makes it a more ambitious film, if a less accomplished one. What insight into the soul it achieves lies not in its naked gymnastics but in scenes like the one showing how difficult and prolonged a labor it is to kill another human being, or the one in which a young woman rides a tram through the empty night of Hong Kong, ecstatic with her first triumphant performance.

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