“No, you are much too beautiful to be a model.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, the film is filled with “striking, highly stylized” imagery, “much humor”, and “weird yet believable characters” (including Tamerlis’s nosy landlady, and her landlady’s annoying dog, Phil).
Unknown Tamerlis gives a “strong, sympathetic, sexy performance” as mute Thana; indeed, it’s difficult to imagine anyone else in this unique role.
Unfortunately, she made few films after Ms. 45, and died of a drug overdose at the age of 37.
Note: In his review, Peary makes an astute comparison between Ms. 45 and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965), noting that “both [women] suffer sexual harassment going to and from work, both kill men who force themselves on them; [and] while corpses rot in their apartments… both lapse into temporary shock states.” But while Deneuve’s Carole “goes crazy”, Tamerlis “remains rational” in her quest to wreak revenge.