The Mafu Cage

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Bizarre, fairly engrossing film starring Grant and Kane as the strange daughters of a deceased anthropologist, who specialized in the study of wild primates. Grant, the more normal of the two, is a noted solar astronomist. Kane, however, is quite mad, and spends most of her time creating art pieces and torturing her father's apes in the huge Mafu cage....read more

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Bizarre, fairly engrossing film starring Grant and Kane as the strange daughters of a deceased anthropologist, who specialized in the study of wild primates. Grant, the more normal of the two, is a noted solar astronomist. Kane, however, is quite mad, and spends most of her time creating

art pieces and torturing her father's apes in the huge Mafu cage. Grant keeps her sister at home rather than in an institution, and it becomes clear that the siblings share a sexual relationship. Eventually Kane's madness begins to overtake Grant, as her fears of men (Olson is her coworker and

lover for whom she feels no commitment) and dissatisfaction with heterosexual sex (the sex scenes between Olson and Grant are filmed in a distracted, cold manner, while those between Kane and Grant are given warmer, erotic visual treatment) boil to the surface. Olson makes the mistake of visiting

Kane without Grant around, and he allows her to chain him in the Mafu cage. Kane tortures and murders Olson and buries his body in the garden. This leaves Grant to discover the crime, and soon she too meets the same fate. Kane's performance and the interesting (albeit manipulative) directing style

save this somewhat muddled film from being a total washout.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Bizarre, fairly engrossing film starring Grant and Kane as the strange daughters of a deceased anthropologist, who specialized in the study of wild primates. Grant, the more normal of the two, is a noted solar astronomist. Kane, however, is quite mad, and… (more)

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