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.
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.
"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!
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
In my opinion, there are alot of obvious presumptions about men and woman, but I think that's the premise. It was in allowing him to see the most intimate aspects of her sexuality, the parts that men are afraid of, which alters his perception. I guess that's the interesting thing about male and female audiences, we see the film differently, because we understand eachother differently.