** KINDA SORTA SPOILERS (at a level with reading the back of the box)** Part erotica, part thriller, part surreal. Supressed emotions, societal ills, mind-body conundrums. Life, Death, Marriage. That about sums up my first viewing of "A Snake in June". Shinya Tsukamoto directs, only the second film I've seen him direct (the other being Tetsuo, which I didn't much care for). Part Erotica Rinko and her husband are in a sexless, yet not loveless marriage. Rinko is sent pictures of herself, and a phone. The man at the other end of the phone encourages her to "do what she wants". He has photos of her masturbating in her house, taken through a window. He promises her that she can have the negatives if she "does what she wants". This involves dressing normally and walking to a pulic restroom. In the restroom she must change into a VERY short skirt, and remove her underwear. Then he tells her to walk through a department store. Then into a sex store, where she must buy a remote controlled vibrator. Inserting the vibrator, she is to leave the remote control for the stranger to pick up. Then, he guides her back to a grocery store....... Part Thriller Rinko is clearly being stalked. In a society where overt displays of sexuality are not accepted, he is leading her into a darker world. Yet this man knows where she lives, knows her husband and where she works. He has even taken vouyeuristic pictures of her. Can she find him before her husband finds out? And what is it that he really wants from her? Part Surreal Captured and tied to a chair, Rinko's husband is forced, with a group of others, to watch his wife participate in a gang bang. Then, two lovers are seen in a tank, a tank that is filling with water. Drowning as his own physical relationship has drowned. Supressed Emotions What is the nature of love? Love is an emotional thing, but can it be sustained simply through being together? What is the role of the sex, of touching? When couples stop making love, is their desire gone, diminished, or merely repressed? Societal Ills If it is someones job to care for others, who can care for them? How will others look upon the weakness of a carer? Why is it okay for women to be whores for their husbands, but not to dress provocatively in public? Mind-body Conundrums We are not always what we seem. How is that strangers can sometimes see in us what the closest to us have failed to see? How is it that nubile flesh can sometimes harbor the most evil, dangerous, and destructive of things? When a lovd one is being eaten from the inside out, how does it make us feel about our own bodies, and what does the threat of being a survivor do to our loved ones? Life Love and caring come out in many different ways. Sometimes, although the path has been lost, it is true that couples are still moving in the right direction, even though they feel as though they're not. Love is forever, a true marriage is too. If you emotionally or mentally lose your partner, you must seek them out, in any way you can. How would you live your life if you had complete freedom to do whatever you please? Whom would you be with? Given a choice, with sacrifices and gains on either side, would you really choose life over death? Where is the balance between the two? Death The finite is one the scariest things we must all face. Everything we know will eventually come to an end. Once we stop measuring time, isn't it over? Faith is fragile, and can be lost in a moment. Yet facing ones own mortality can be both confusing and enlightening. Having a limit on your time, a finite space in which to achieve some goal, can get us focused, for how ever a brief a moment, and allow us to feel something new. Yet, death can't be avoided. What must we do before our final moments? have we really experienced everything we must before we die? What if, during the final weeks of our life, we realize we have made a mistake, or missed an opportunity? Marriage Even the trapped can feel love for their captor. In a society where a change of mind is insufficient reason to jettison a partner, love can indeed flourish. Yet is love enough? Mistakes DO happen, and sometimes a pursuer can be driven by the right reasons. A Snake in June is a good film - far better than Tetsuo. Check it out. Anyone else?