Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan

  Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) is done with the world – those happy days when he brought in Juke’s Joint, with its earthy blue numbers to the room for cooking, are finally over. And this is deliberate in private, because his marriage failed, his wife cheated on him with his brother and subsequently made from the dust. So the man leaves only the Bible and the vague hope that perhaps could change anything in his life. In fact, his silent action will soon be heard – but a little different than expected.

One day Lazarus finds the battered Rae (Christina Ricci) in the vicinity of his house and takes the Flayed in his house. Rae is a young woman from the city with remarkably bad reputation, it is considered as chippy, which is increasing every man behind a pathological nymphomaniac, pure “white trash”. Lazarus, however, takes care of the woman attending to her wounds and then binds them to the heater – for their own protection, because Rae is severely traumatized. Abused by her own father, abandoned by its mother in the lurch, she learned that she can get her body with everything it needs for life and survival – a vicious circle from which they own the relationship with Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) is not could deliver, which drew one day as a soldier in Iraq. For the young woman that was a slap in the face, she knew only with drugs, alcohol and sex to numb. When Lazarus learns her story, he decides to bring the young woman on the right path, and through them to redeem himself from the ghosts of the past …

Craig Brewer (The Poor & the Hungry, Hustle & Flow ) is stingy in his new film not with clichés, which he celebrated with relish, and can be run repeatedly against each other. Already the movie poster, deliberately in the style of 40s or 50s B-movie kept playing with the expectations of viewers and evokes a sultry, with sex-charged atmosphere in which it can of course be just that the young white woman in chains are placed under the authority of the older African-American – a picture of how the course materials of the Ku Klux Klan. But of course everything is different. For here we find together two bruised souls and jointly take a trip on the lighter side of life. They are seekers and they have no one but themselves, the Bible and the Blues, who gives her despair, a voice and a melody.

Brewers strategy to play with the expectations of the audience, is both clever and always undermines again while viewing habits, but the other is his counter, his vision so steeped in Catholic-sounding themes of guilt and atonement that we are soon to murderous and self-ironic exploitation-macho cinema of a Quentin Tarantino desires it. Apart from two fabulous protagonists, a sultry and sensual atmosphere and a good score (at least for blues fans) Black Snake Moan is mainly due to its simple message, praising the Bible and the blues as a panacea against all the uncertainties of life. While this fits well into the wet-hot atmosphere of the southern states, it is hardly recommended for imitation. Emotional Cinema, which unfortunately can not be mounted because of the morality entirely convincing.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Black Snake Moan Country of production: USA Year of production: 2006 Length: 115 (Min) of material: UIP

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