Boxing Helena (1993) (Movie Review)

Boxing Helena (1993)
Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch

A top surgeon is besotted with a beautiful woman who once ditched him. Unable to come to terms with life without her, he tries to convince her that they need each other. She has other ideas, but an horrific accident leaves her at his mercy. The plot is bizarre and perhaps sick at times, ending abruptly and with a twist.

They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and after seeing Boxing Helena I agree. Jennifer Chambers Lynch (daughter of David Lynch) creates a very strange and odd atmosphere very similar to her father. You don’t always know what is going on in this film and that is what makes it so well done. Of course the people who like stuff moving along more on the quick side will be disappointed with the film’s pace, but if you look passed that you are left with a superbly shot film that makes for a lot of fun to those who dig weird and erotic cinema. Also the relationship between Helena and her capturer makes for a very intriguing time while watching. The roles are played about as perfectly as you’d want.

The film is a little lengthy but I myself didn’t mind. It has some scenes that are just as provocative as they are weird. And all the time we have a classic story of someone who is love crazy over someone who just doesn’t feel the same. Of course our “Lynch” touch on the film makes it way more complicated and weird than just that. There is also a weird ending that some might love and others might hate. I’m a little torn on the ending myself, but given what we have here overall I just don’t think this film would leave the same lasting impression without this ending. If you like David Lynch then you won’t be disappointed to give Jennifer a shot here.

(7.5/10)