This is a pretentious bore of a film with unformed and repugnant characters, a directionless plot, and frank (but un-enlightening) depictions of sexual depravity. I should be more angered by it; but, there's such a large number of films almost exactly like it, I was more annoyed by its predictability than shocked by its content. I only give it more than one star because of Huppert's committed performance.
Isabelle Huppert. Despite some comments, neither erotic nor pornographic tho certainly explicit. Irrelevant hedonists going through the motions. Holding on to a fantasy of being edgy and young. Thinking they are corrupting an already corrupted youth. Slant called this a "psychosexual farce". You should hate these people and after this, you do.
A dark and erotic look at taboo breaking and what can happen in a span of time dedicated to selfish hedonism that can make someone very much a slave to some constantly growing desires (for the next thrill, the more sordid encounter, a pinch of pain with all that pleasure). Good, brave, performances help create a few astonishing moments, leading to a rather fitting, memorable, final scene.
Huppert, as always, explodes off the screen and is obviously willing to go as far as she can, but her character is too much of an open book from the outset that it is ultimately a flat portrayal of unbridled sexuality. Really this film is just tepid provocation with a bland visual style.
Film sauvage et sexuel. Une claque dans la gueule comme le furent La Grande Bouffle, Dernier Tango à Paris ou l'Empire des Sens. HUPPERT - en Messaline assumée mais en perdition - foudroie son rejeton (GARREL) de sa hauteur vertigineuse & vacillante. ===== Wild & sexy. A slap in the face as were Last Tango in Paris or the Empire of the Senses. A sinking Messaline dominates her son of her flickering & dizzying height.