François, a filmmaker, is preparing a thriller. During screen tests for a brief nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by the desire to contribute something new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes reality and fiction and centers on something which unexpectedly becomes an enigma and a taboo: the minor transgressions that are a source of pleasure. His research into eroticism raises basic questions. But like Icarus approaching the sun, he only burns his wings. An exploration of sexuality by acclaimed French director Jean-Claude Brisseau.
Jean-Claude Brisseau (born 17 July 1944) is a French filmmaker best known for his 2002 film Secret Things (“Choses Secrètes”) and his 2006 film The Exterminating Angels (“Les Anges exterminateurs”).
In 2002 he was arrested on charges of harassment, fined and given a suspended one-year prison sentence. The plaintiffs were three women who had performed sex acts in front of him during their auditions. This was to form the basis of the The Exterminating Angels film.
He was formerly a professor at La Femis (Paris). His film Céline was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the France Culture Award in 2003 for Secret Things; in 1988 he was awarded the Special Award for the Youth. —Wikipedia
Is there room to over-think this film? Not to suggest that the script lacks meaning. But let's not mince words: if you have any appreciation for the female form, then you'll likely find that "Exterminating Angels" has some of the most sumptuously lit and tantalizingly choreographed scenes of sapphic love to ever grace an 'arthouse' film. I'm not sure what Brisseau is up to but there's a shameful thrill in viewing it.
I guess i was the only one that loved this. As anything by Brisseau i have seen as well. So much more to my taste than most things made across the Atlantic ;)