A murderer is at large: a well-dressed businessman who incarcerates his victims, chains and starves them, and documents their death amid their filth with instamatic snaps. Meanwhile, in another part of town, a woman joins a brothel. These two simple strands of plot come together within the film, and are united by a single theme: that women's suffering is basic to man's pleasure.
Marleen Gorris was born on December 9, 1948 in Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands. She is a director and writer, known for Antonia's Line (1995), Mrs Dalloway (1997) and The Luzhin Defence (2000). She studied Drama at the University of Amsterdam, has an MA in Drama from the University of Birmingham, England. With Antonia's Line she became the first woman to direct a movie that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.