The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003)





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Iconoclastic director Peter Greenaway begins his most ambitious project to date with this feature, the first in a proposed series of films, television programs, and multimedia projects that examine the contents of 92 suitcases, each revealed by title character Tulse Henry Purcel Luper. Broken into three sections spanning 1928 to 1940, The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part One follows our young hero from age 10, when he is reprimanded by his father for scrawling some graffiti on a wall in his desolate South Wales neighborhood. Years later, Tulse (JJ Field) is a desert explorer who winds up being further punished by the aptly-named dominatrix Passion Hockmeister (Caroline Dhavernas). Finally, in the film's last section, Tulse is in Antwerp at the start of World War II, where he ends up being imprisoned by Nazis. Told in a fractured, non-narrative style, The Tulse Luper Suitcases also incorporates many inter-titles, superimposed images, an ever-present narrator presented in a picture-within-picture format, intentionally fake-looking sets, and many, many references to other Greenaway films and characters.


J.J. Feild
as Tulse Luper
Caroline Dhavernas
as Passion Hockmeister
Jordi Molla
as Jan Palmerion
Valentina Cervi
as Cissie Colpitts
Steven Mackintosh
as Gunther Zeloty
Raymond J. Barry
as Stephen Figura
Nigel Terry
as Sesame Easu
Scot Williams
as Percy Hockmeister
Drew Mulligan
as Martino Knockavelli
Deborah Harry
as Fastidieux
Isabella Rossellini
as Mme. Moitessier
Francesco Salvi
as Paul/Pierre
Kevin Tighe
as William Gottschalk
Yorick van Wageningen
as Julian Lephrenic
Jack Wouterse
as Erik van Hoyten
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Critic Reviews for The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

All Critics (2)

Maddeningly brilliant -- and typically excessive -- in keeping with Greenaway's more mature works.

September 24, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There is something temporarily fulfilling within the blend and presentation of information and how it is smattered across the screen.

February 19, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

Maddeningly brilliant? How about just maddening. Peter Greenaway succeeded in putting me into a coma at the screening of this film and a whole bunch of others as well. The sensory overload doesn't disguise a bunch of rubbish slapped together. Parts II and III? No thank you.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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