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The Cement Garden
Alternate Title: cementkert
Alternate Title: Cementowy ogród
Alternate Title: Der Zementgarten
Alternate Title: El jardín de cemento
Alternate Title: Il giardino di cemento
Produced in: Britain
Film length: 100 min
Film type: Mainstream
Incest summary: Brother-sister
As Jack fills a bucket in the sink, Sue is helping Julie to measure her thigh length. Jack turns his head and looks to see Julie's bare thigh, looking away guiltily when Julie notices his glance. He picks up the bucket and gets back to work.
Jack sneaks into Julie's room wearing bee-keeper's gear and mock-threatens her. She calls out for Mother, but Jack warns her that they're alone in the house. She jumps onto her bed and he tickles her mercilessly. As they continue, however, their play takes an erotic shift and they become more serious. She pulls off his netted hat and begins to pull him toward herself. He lays on top of her, between her spread thighs, and suddenly she climaxing, wetting her panties visibly. Both of them stop, shocked, and Jack backs up, apologizing. She tells him to get out, in a quiet voice. Tom and Sue both peek in to ask what happened, but Jack pushes them through, telling them to stay out.
Julie insists that Jack take breakfast to Mother. Jack, surly as a teenager, finally agrees, picking up the tray clumsily and awkwardly moving toward the stairs. Julie paces after him and tries to grab the tray from him. They grapple over the tray and then drop it, sending a spray of breakfast food everywhere. After looking down at the tray they look up at each other, appraising. Julie wipes some milk off of the side of her face, but neither says a word for a moment.
At a small birthday party for Jack, held in Mother's room, Mother asks him to blow out the candle, and Tom reminds him to make a wish. Jack stands up and, as he's about to blow out the candle, Julie taunts, "Sure you've got enough energy left to blow it out?" He blows out the candle and smirks at her, lingering before returning to his seat.
Foreplay non-nude, Peeping non-nude
Julie goes through a list of who did what for Jack's birthday celebration and suggests that Jack do something, for a change, like sing a song. He balks at the suggestion, and tells her to do something. She wordlessly gets up and does a hand-stand. Her skirt slides up, exposing her panties to Jack's gaze. Julie and Jack look into each other's eyes and she spreads her legs wider, between which Jack stares appreciatively. He begins to sing
, standing. Sue, Tom, and Mother are looking at Jack, and finally Julie walks toward him. Julie and Jack look at each other, and it seems that Jack is singing to her, who alone in the room is not singing. When the song ends, Sue, Tom, and Mother applaud and Julie leans forward to kiss him on the cheek. Julie and Jack return to their seats.
Julie is standing on a stool to get to the top shelves of the pantry. Jack, seated at the kitchen table, is fixated on the sight of her butt in her skirt, and it rides up ever time she leans over. She looks over and sees him watching her, and he looks away and strikes up a conversation as she continues her work. Finally finished, she gets down.
Jack goes to confront Julie about her use of Mother's name to exert authority. Julie's sunbathing in the back yard, her untied top covering her breasts. She ignored his questions and assertions, finally rolling over onto her front and asking, "Will you rub some of this on my back?" She leans up a little, covering her breasts with her left arm, handing him some suntan lotion. He stops talking immediately and climbs up next to her, rubbing the lotion into her back and shoulders. She compliments him and begins to moan quietly. He raptly continues his rubbing, then the scene changes to him masturbating in the bathroom, afterward.
As Jack and Julie clumsily prepare a tomb for Mother, Julie pours a bucket of concrete into the mold. Something splashes into her eye and she asks Jack to help. He leans in close and carefully pulls out a speck while her lips purse.
Jack confronts Julie about letting Tom cross-dress. She calls Tom brave for letting her and Sue dress him up. Julie asks him, "Do I look ridiculous when I dress as a boy?" He stammers, "That's...different." She seductively wraps a ribbon around the back of his neck and asks in a low voice, "Because you think that being a girl is degrading?" He grips her arms for a moment, swallows, and sways toward her for a moment. He says, "For a boy, 'tis." She asks, "Why not the other way around?" He's perplexed. She strokes the hair away from his face and tells him that there's a double-standard; that being male is considered OK, while being a girl is degrading. While she speaks, she ties the ribbon in a loose bow. "But secretly, you'd love to know what it's like, wouldn't you?" she whispers, "What it feels like to be a girl." His eyes look down at her body and back up into her eyes repeatedly. Having completed her tying, she says, "There, that's better," and strokes his hair before walking away.
Jack accuses Julie of wasting money on an expensive pair of boots, or stealing them, but she says that they were a present from a man. She refuses to tell him who gave them to her, and he looks despondent. She picks up a pair of scissors and cuts off the bow. She says, "There." She lifts his chin and kisses him on the lips briefly, then walks away. He touches his lips with his fingertips.
Jack grills Tom and his friend William about a game they're playing, where they're in the process of cleaning out an abandoned home. Tom is playing Julie (he wears a skirt and blonde wig) while William is being Jack. Jack asks if they fight, and they say they don't. When he asks if they're friends, they say, "Yes," and Tom takes William's hand. Jack grins and asks, "Is that why you're holding hands?" Tom asks him to go away.
Jack tells a lie to Derrick, Julie's boyfriend, that ends a line of dangerous questioning. As Derrick looks at the tomb of Mother, Julie smiles at Jack and strokes the hair from his face while he fidgets nervously. She compliments his looks and they move a bit closer. Derrick looks up and sees their interplay. Julie asks if Derrick agrees and he turns questions back to the tomb.
Julie wakes Jack, who fell asleep after comforting Tom. She tells Jack that she wanted to talk; she says that she hasn't slept with Derrick. She takes his hand and sits down on the bed next to him and asks him if he thought they'd slept together. Jack changes the subject. Julie reassures him and begins to caress his body. She says that Derrick was upset because they didn't let him in on the secret, that he wanted to be a part of the family. She admits that they're going to have to tell him, but she agrees when Jack says that Derrick still won't be "one of us. Just you and me, and Sue and Tom. That's all the family we need." He looks at her nervously. She silently pulls her shirt over her head, showing her breasts, and then pulls down her pants. He turns his head away, but Julie turns his head back and they kiss. She kisses him again and she lays down on top of him. Julie talks about the timelessness of their current lives. He strokes her body as they talk and ponder the future. The camera switches to beyond their heads, revealing Derrick at the doorway. He says, "Now I've seen it all." Julie nonchalantly rolls over and asks him, "Have you? Oh dear." Derrick asks how long they'd been doing this and Julie answers, "Ages," with a smile for Jack, "Ages." Derrick angrily asserts that they're siblings but Julie shushes him to keep from waking Tom. Jack idly strokes Julie's arm. As Derrick complains of Julie's repeated refusals, Jack smiles gratefully at Julie and she returns his smile. Then Derrick asks why she didn't tell him. Jack and Julie join hands, ignoring Derricks ranting. Finally Derrick complains, "You're so sick!" before leaving. Julie smiles and then lays back down on the bed. They begin making out. They talk about what they've done together, and conclude that it was natural. Jack rolls on top of Julie, seen from chest up, and obviously begins to join with her. A kite is shown as euphemism.
Jack and Julie sleep, wrapped around each other, on the bed. The light of an approaching police car begins to flash through the window.
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