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The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 19 May 1995 (USA)
A young man who has spent his life as a member of an ultraconservative Christian cult, loses his parents and becomes disoriented, wandering into a forest and meeting a coffin transporter, a caring woman, her mute boyfriend, and his mother.

Director:

Philip Ridley

Writer:

Philip Ridley
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Complete credited cast:
Brendan Fraser ... Darkly Noon
Ashley Judd ... Callie
Viggo Mortensen ... Clay
Loren Dean ... Jude
Grace Zabriskie ... Roxy
Lou Myers ... Quincy
Kate Harper ... Ma
Mel Cobb Mel Cobb ... Pa
Josse De Pauw ... Ringmaster
Gabriele Binder ... Ringmaster's Family (as Gabi Binder)
Maximilliam Paul Maximilliam Paul ... Ringmaster's Family
Knut Samel Knut Samel ... Ringmaster's Family
Dog Dog ... Dunia
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After the death of his strictly religious parents, forlorn young Darkly gets lost in the woods. A truck driver, Jude, rescues the exhausted man, who has only a bible for comfort. He brings him to the house of Callie and Clay, two lovers who live in the forest. While Clay is away in the forest, beautiful Callie nurses Darkly back to health, and he develops an obsession with her that is totally contrary to his upbringing - a sexual obsession. When Clay returns home and Darkly sees the two lovers kiss, it is too much for him. Every night he hears them making love. Darkly's descent into madness has begun... An extremely dramatical and exciting ending! Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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When your deepest desire becomes your worst nightmare...


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Trivia

Although set in the American Deep South, this was actually filmed in Germany. See more »

Quotes

Ringmaster: Can you help us? Do you know the way out?
Callie: [pause] Yes.
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Connections

References Diamonds of the Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Will Love Me Now?
Written by Nick Bicât and Philip Ridley
Performed by PJ Harvey
© 1995 Island Records Limited
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Passion, Religion and Insanity
20 March 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While driving through the forest to the isolated house of the lovers Callie (Ashley Judd) and Clay (Viggo Mortensen), the driver Jude (Loren Dean) finds a young man fainted on the road. He rescues the stranger and the sensual Callie welcomes him while Clay is retired in the woods. When he awakes, he tells his name, Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser), and explains that his religious parents had been killed in their house by the furious locals and he had successfully escaped with his bible. Clay returns and accepts the presence of the new-comer in his house. Along the next days, Darkly becomes sexually obsessed by the sexy Callie and uses flagellation to punish himself for his desire. When the confused Darkly meets the deranged widow Roxy (Grace Zabriskie) in the woods, she tells him that Callie is a witch that killed her husband and that bewitches young men. When Roxy commits suicide, the insanity of the fanatic Darkly leads him to punish the sinners.

"The Passion of Darkly Noon" is another excellent and underrated movie of director Philip Ridley. I do not understand how this awesome director has only two movies in his filmography (the other is fantastic "The Reflecting Skin"). Today I have watched "The Passion of Darkly Noon" for the second time and this movie still very impressive. The story has drama, romance, eroticism and suspense, supported by magnificent direction, top-notch performances, beautiful landscapes and an awesome soundtrack. In 1995, Brendan Fraser proved for me that he is a great actor with his performance of a young man living in a conflictive situation between his religious credo and his carnal desire in spite of being miscast, since his character is a kid and Brendan was twenty-seven year-old in 1995, the same age of the sexy Ashley Judd (both were born in 1968). This gorgeous actress in her first lead role has an extremely sexy performance, with some of the hottest scenes of the cinema history with the great actor Viggo Mortensen. Unfortunately this disturbing movie is recommended for very specific audiences only. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Paixões na Floresta" ("Passions in the Forest")


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19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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