Film #14: GRIMM LOVE
3 out of 5 stars
A more high-brow sister piece to Marian Dora’s CANNIBAL, this is a more subdued examination of the case of Armin Meiwes (a man who ate the flesh of another man he met on the Internet - the thing is though that his victim was a willing participant). GRIMM LOVE is better acted than CANNIBAL and has higher production values, but it lacks the visceral impact of Dora’s film. Where CANNIBAL was all meat and no gristle (if you will), GRIMM LOVE is sort of the other side of the coin: it strives to understand the motivations behind the crime. Where one film is strong, it makes up for where the other is weak - and vice versa. The weird thing though… is that GRIMM LOVE stars the American actress Keri Russell (FELICITY) who acts as a tour guide through the story. I was surprised to see someone of her notoriety in a film like this. That said, her role seems sort of tacked on, like it was added to make the film more palatable (and understandable) to American audiences. Still.. The power of the story is undeniable. If the tale interests you at all, I would advise renting both and watching them together. That way, you can get a better idea of the whole story.