Love hurts, especially where women are concerned. In Madonna's new movie, Swept Away, for example, she gets slapped around by a handsome young bloke (the pair are pictured below in a more loving moment). And for the climax (as it were), he insists that she bark like a dog. In a few weeks, there'll also be a chance to see Dog Days, an Austrian movie that features a woman being knocked about by her boyfriend, who insists that she sing "La Cucaracha". She sings something from Carmen, instead, and gets her head shoved down the loo. In Secretary, meanwhile, a woman crawls on all fours for her boss and... well, you get the idea.
All the directors of these movies are male, but women seem just as obsessed with showing the "perverse" side of desire. We're supposed to be shocked by the revelation that humiliation turns some females on. But seeing as a movie comes along every other second to remind us, how could we forget? It's often shown as a phase women need to go through to overcome grief or childhood trauma. Crumbs. Has no one heard of counselling?
Everything about these wannabe serious scripts screams: this is edgy stuff! …