Meat (2010)

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Titus Muizelaar (the Butcher/Inspector Mann) goes for it

So this butcher (Titus Muizelaar) is having it off with the prostitute, who lives above his shop, in the meat locker. Roxy (Nellie Benner), his young assistant, films them at it on her camcorder, but she is also having an affair with him. As if that isn’t weird enough when the Butcher gets murdered after a dinner party at his shop, the investigating officer is a dishevelled cop who looks just like him, except for his floppy hair and specs (OK its the same guy in a wig).

I’m not giving any more of the plot away, but Meat does pack (see what I did there?) in a fair bit of sex, nudity and lots of raw meat. It has been compared to Peter Greenaway’s rather sumptuous The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, and its easy to see why Victor Nieuwenhuijs’ and Maatje Seyforth’s movie has been likened to this particular director’s work, only given the somewhat stark sets and the really unappetising close-ups of parts of dead animals being chopped up on-screen I’d personally have placed it nearer to Greenaway’s A Zed and Two Noughts.

A surreal, disturbing but strangely gripping Dutch neo noir fantasy, I give Meat a 666/666

Meat is available in the USA on DVD and as VOD on Amazon, Vimeo and YouTube

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