In the new thriller ‘Saltburn,’ Jacob Elordi, known for his role in ‘Euphoria,’ takes on a bold and explicit scene that has become a topic of much discussion. Elordi portrays aristocrat Felix Catton, who draws Oxford student Oliver Quick, played by Barry Keoghan, into a world of dangerous eroticism. Directed by Emerald Fennell of ‘Promising Young Woman’ fame, the film delves into the sadistic and cult-like milieu of the mega-rich.
A Scene That Shocks and Provokes
One particular scene in ‘Saltburn’ has elicited strong reactions from viewers, involving Elordi’s character masturbating in a bathtub, followed by Keoghan’s character’s intense reaction. In a recent interview with Variety, Elordi expressed pride in how the scene turned out, noting its impact and the boundary-pushing approach of the film.
Exploring the Depths of Obsession
The film, described as both “hilarious” and “gloriously twisted,” explores the psychosexual fantasies of its characters. Keoghan revealed the collaborative nature of his role, particularly in a scene where his character expresses his obsession in a graveyard. This willingness to push the envelope characterizes much of ‘Saltburn’s narrative.
Queerness Woven into the Film’s Fabric
Director Emerald Fennell explained that while the film does not have explicitly LGBTQ+ characters, the theme of queerness is intricately woven into its story. ‘Saltburn’ is fundamentally about desire in its various forms, making it a queer thriller in essence.
‘Saltburn’: A Study in Desire and Power
Set in the mid-2000s, ‘Saltburn’ follows Oliver, a working-class student, as he navigates the treacherous and seductive world of Felix’s family estate. The film stars Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, and Richard E. Grant, and has been praised for its exploration of the extravagant and often perverse fantasies of the ultra-rich.
‘Saltburn’ is now showing in UK cinemas, offering viewers a glimpse into the twisted and darkly comedic world of Fennell’s creation.