Grimm Love (2006) Or If Only Romeo And Juliet Were Cannibals?
Grimm Love is a film about two men with equal and opposite desires for love. Oliver wants to eat a dude and Simon wants to be eaten by a dude. Between Oliver and Simon is the morbidly obsessed college student Katie Armstrong (played by Felicity). Katie became interested in Oliver and Simon’s romance and transferred to a college in Germany where she could pursue a thesis investigating the psychological dynamics of their relationship. As the film progresses Katie grows to idolize her fascination much like Simon and Oliver idolize their desires. Laying everything they have on the altar of their fetish they descent into the nihilistic underbelly of love.
Let’s saw into this nihilistic love. Rather than our cuddling and frolicking couple let’s consider Simon and Oliver. Two men join by fate. Walking through a Kmart searching for the right cooking tools. A bone saw and a George Forman Grill. Rather than kissing, one man bites the others ear off. The bitten man screams in joy. The wish that he has held on to for most of his life is being granted. He is becoming whole through digestion. His hollow sense of self is being consumed and transforming into something else. The eater, on the one hand, is engorged in his mid-day snack. Drooling slightly and savoring the fatty morsel while wondering what dipping sauce would go well with people toes. There is a completeness with Simon and Oliver’s desire you can’t find in the traditional romance. Their love is totalized and they take the marriage pledge “unto death” ruthlessly more serious than the zillions of couples that prance through their vows every year. Taking love for granted, and only putting the least of their lives at stake. Simon and Oliver, on the other hand, vow “in dead do we conjoin.” Simon and Oliver’s love in a very real sense is more transcendent than the traditional romantic couple. A short term love, only as long as the average multicourse meal, but nonetheless committed to a primal sense of eternity.