James and Catherine Ballard (James Spader and Deborah Kara Unger) live an open marriage, constantly in search of novel and ever-increasing radical forms of pleasure. One night, James suffers a brutal car accident involving another couple, whose husband dies and the wife (Holly Hunter as Helen Remington) is hospitalized. When they recover from the crash, Helen introduces Ballard to a hidden universe of people who experience an addictive and intense sexual rush from car crashes. In the collisions between machines and bodies, he discovers a dangerous pleasure. Based on the homonymous book by J. G. Ballard, Cronenberg combines his fascination with bodily interventions with an euphoric eroticism, in which machinery and hybrid forms reveal their most alluring and sensual nature. (G.B.)
David Cronenberg was born in Toronto in 1943. With a career spanning over six decades, he released his twenty-second feature film in 2022 and is currently shooting his next film. He began his artistic output in Canada, with a series of independent films, before moving to the USA where he became involved in larger projects with more substantial budgets. At the intersection between horror cinema, science fiction, drama, and literary influences, the director has nurtured a steady fascination with modulating themes and imagery over the years, as well as working relationships with recurring actors in different works.