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The Ring Finger

In this cryptic, erotically charged 2005 fairy tale, a beautiful young factory worker (Olga Kurylenko) quits her assembly-line job after severing a finger and winds up employed as a laboratory assistant at a scientific institute. Her job cataloging “specimens”—personal items whose owners want them preserved for posterity—soon gives way to a vaguely masochistic relationship with a Svengali-like scientist (Marc Barbe). Adapted from a novel by Japanese writer Yoko Ogawa, the story begs for the true transgressiveness of Takashi Miike, but director Diane Bertrand turns it into one long, dreamy, beautifully shot tease. In French with subtitles. 100 min.

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