The abandoned mine is dark and humid-it's the woman's womb...
This very good film gives a dark, Freudian twist to the Alice in
Wonderland story. A man is stuck in childhood, in more
ways than one: He is the passive agent in his relationships with women,
he is essentially unable to deal with everyday existence,
and he is obsessed with the dark fairy tales of a popular fiction writer.
These novels (fairy tales) are the "key" to unlocking/unhinging his mind.
The cinematography captures beautifully the cold, blue,sexless sterility of his
everyday existence and the warm, reddish brown, sexual images from his unconscious
mind. The soundtrack is very moody, and the Japanese actress Kiki
has been haunting my dreams ever since.
The DVD extras are very helpful:
There's a long interview with the director, and the actors' comments are
helpful too. Too bad that image quality is rather mediocre.
You have to watch it several times, in order to appreciate it's import.