With her characteristically unflinching gaze and courage, Catherine Breillat takes her exploration of sexuality, desire and the relationship between men and women to the limit. A pure, painterly, often surreal study in sex and the body.
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WTF??! Cold as ice, hot as blood, essayistic, profound, stupid, vulgar and beautiful. Possibly a masterpiece, possibly a piece of shit. Beyond any star rating, but therefore a truly unforgettable experience. Catherine Breillat is a true artist, and without doubt the most relentlessly interesting contemporary french filmmaker.
I concur with the commenter below that this film goes beyond any star rating but I'm giving a 5 for the experience. I don't know what to say. Feminist philosophy set against pornographic iconography-though it's not porno. Put it this way: if Bergman shot a sex movie written by Kate Millett & Margurite Duras, it might be something like this but that still doesn't fit. This is a Breillat film & one of her most realized
"The elastic resistance of a boy's anus doesn't lie about the tightness of his lower intestine" has to be the most well thought-out sentence in the history of cinema. Not sure what to make of it. Unforgettable and for that it might deserve 5 stars, but still, I can't bring myself to cash out on a film like this. One solid star!
Hellish. This movie did actually offend me. It's offensively sexist and pretentious. An artsy fartsy piece of shit that is defined for its shock value alone, and tries to get away with it by spouting illogical, high-sounding, half-baked philosophical sentences, hoping to to be taken seriously. Well, I'm not going to take this seriously. I derive more philosophical meaning from watching Rocco's porn scenes.