“The Ceremony” (French with English subtitles) is all about devotion, an obessesive devotion well beyond the average domestic arrangement or even friendship, more intense than love.
In director/screenwriter Lina Mannheimer’s first full-length documentary, we encounter an echelon of desire that might figuratively offend. Mannheimer introduces us to writer and famous dominatrix, Catherine Robbe-Grillet, her junta of collaborators and submissives.
Two men squawk like chickens wearing underwear in a grand foyer. Moments before they were on all fours snarling acting as beasts.
With a command they transformed into poultry, as Robbe-Grillet drops slices of meat from a story above. The sacred has never been tantamount to the erotic. But in Robbe-Grillet’s world, the erotic is sacred, coveted as a sixth sense.
Make no mistake. This film is not solely about sex, at least not the physical act, it is supra-sexual, more about pushing sensual boundaries.
You can catch “The Ceremony” at 6:30 p.m. today (Monday) at the Violet Crown, and again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alamo Slaughter.