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In this episode, Sully, Tobias, and Bill discuss Eiichi Yamamoto’s surreal, psychedelic classic Belladonna of Sadness, the story of a young French peasant woman who after a traumatizing event, uses the power of witchcraft to forge her place in her country’s national consciousness. The gang dig into the film’s deeper cultural, psychological, and artistic meanings, as well as debate in the canon of anime films and its complex relationship with trauma, sexuality, and agency.
Purchase Belladonna of Sadness on blu ray from Arbelos Films.
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