An intimate examination of the director-actor relationship. Catherine Breillat's usual pretensions are better served by satire, but still, some of the philosophical discussions to get pretty tedious. There are several powerful moments, especially in the last half hour or so. Excellent performance from Anne Parillaud.
I masturbated throughout the film and felt exponentially better than I have from years of viewing sordid sets of mechanical pornography. The primal instance of embracing between actress and director that may be propagated as the highlight of the film, that expanse of pure reconciliation beyond a farce of pleasure and coalescence that has dominated Jeanne throughout her work, is essential catharsis.
although i did enjoy the day for night aesthetic and did respond to the ethical entanglements that accompany the filming of a sex scene, the film with the exception of the last scene, in my opinion fell flat.
I have a hard time figuring out if I like this so much because of my familiarity with FAT GIRL (the film is clearly about the making of that film) or on its own merits. However, a rather penetrating view into Breillat's own character, and at least one genuinely funny moment, when the male lead begs for a bigger prosthetic penis.
Prenant comme référence scénaristique de départ, une séquence d'un film antérieur ("A ma sœur" tournée en 2000 avec la même actrice) Catherine Breillat nous livre une œuvre en partie démystificatrice sur les tournages, avec pour alter ego, l'évidente Anne Parillaud, d'une présence et d'une conviction indéniables... www.cinefiches.com