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Mascara (1987)

A respected police commissioner has a reputation as a fervent opera lover, but by night he also enjoys plunging into the transvestite scene. In addition, he harbors a longing for his very ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Gaby Hart
Michael Sarrazin ... Bert Sanders
Derek de Lint ... Chris Brine
Jappe Claes Jappe Claes ... Colonel March
Herbert Flack ... David Hyde
Harry Cleven Harry Cleven ... PC
Serge-Henri Valcke ... Harry Wellman
Romy Haag ... Lana
Eva Robins ... Pepper
John Van Dreelen ... Minister Weinberger
Norma Christine Deumner Norma Christine Deumner ... Salome
Pascale Jean-Louis Pascale Jean-Louis ... Divine
Alexandra Vandernoot ... Euridice
Mark Verstraete Mark Verstraete ... Police Officer
Hugo Van Den Berghe Hugo Van Den Berghe ... Policeman
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A respected police commissioner has a reputation as a fervent opera lover, but by night he also enjoys plunging into the transvestite scene. In addition, he harbors a longing for his very own sister. When he learns that his wife has been murdered, he tries to implicate the set-designer who has designs on his sister. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands | France

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

7 May 1987 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Make-up for Murder See more »

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Mono

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French certificate: -13. See more »

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Help Me Make It Through The Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Romy Haag and van Holme & Dolory
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Lay that mascara on thick GIRL!
19 March 2013 | by cadaverinoSee all my reviews

Over the top, but fascinating thriller. Charlotte Rampling adds a bit of class to the proceedings (doesn't she always?) but also gets less screen time than our other two protagonists, Sarrazin and de Lint. Sarrazin fares better, only because he's chewing the scenery, and looking fabulous while doing it. de Lint is a combination of phoning it in and treating the material straight; this film is FAR from straight.

The film does revel in the perversity shown on screen-- we can be optimistic and say it's a celebration, but alas, it isn't. To be fair, everyone is perverse in this film, so it's not really just exploiting homosexuality, transgender, prostitution etc. Not exactly a condemnation, more of a LOOK AT THIS! And look we do, and we will be amused if one is used to this sort of thing.

Direction picks up flair in both the high class opera house, and the underground high class fetish club. The dresses are fantastic. There's a hysterical ending. There's Rampling's eyes; oh those eyes! Give it a watch if you want high budget camp.


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