Movie makers: Spate of sick cannibal flicks offer metaphor for social inequality

Movie makers: Spate of sick cannibal flicks offer metaphor for social inequality
What's for lunch? (Image: Daniel Leppens, Shutterstock)

[Ed. – Calling BS on that one.  The dark sickness is just dark sickness, especially since there’s no such thing as the rich eating the poor, and it’s demented to suggest there is, even in a metaphorical sense.]

From Steven Spielberg to French art house titles, flesh-eating is all the rage on the Croisette, and insiders say it has something to do with rising global inequality: “The rich are eating the poor more and more.”

It’s been called the ultimate taboo. And this year, the subject of cannibalism has proved irresistible for directors at Cannes.

No fewer than five films screening at the festival feature cannibal themes, including Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon and Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay, which both are in competition. …

But why are so many filmmakers sinking their teeth into the cannibalism concept this year? 3B Productions’ Jean Brehat, who produced Slack Bay, says cannibalism reflects the reality of the widening gap between the haves and have-nots, thanks to hyper-capitalism and a culture of consumption.

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