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Black Venus

Vénus noire

Geregisseerd door Abdellatif Kechiche
Frankrijk, België, 2010


Directed by Abdel Kechiche, Vénus noire is based on the life of Sarah Baartman, a Khoikhoi girl who in the early 19th century was exhibited in Europe under the name “Hottentot Venus”.

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Black Venus Geregisseerd door Abdellatif Kechiche

Prijzen & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2010 | Winnaar: Equal Opportunity Award

Village Voice Film Poll

2010 | Genomineerde: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2010 | Genomineerde: Best Undistributed Film

Historical biography + victim narrative = RUN AWAY!, which is one reason it’s taken me so long to get around to this one. But Kechiche’s approach to the outrageous, at times nearly unwatchable material is so clinical and matter-of-fact that it all but precludes the possibility of feeling emotionally manipulated. Nor is that at all his usual style, as anyone who’s seen any of his previous features well knows. Impressive.
February 17, 2012
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Kechiche seems to think he’s like this genuinely forward-looking model of compassion, rescuing a real person from history. But when you lay your lead actress naked and immobile on a table and film a doctor shaving her pubic hair with a straight razor, for the sake of scene in which doctors shave the naked, immobile character’s pubic hair with a straight razor… Well, what, finally, is the difference between you and them?
October 08, 2010
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The New York Times’s Manohla Dargisdismissed Black Venus as bad filmmaking, and from a technical standpoint, she’s right. But the film’s rendering of period sets and costumes with cruddy camerawork makes us aware that the film is a limited dramatic representation of real life. We don’t just react to the fictional Saartjie’s torments, but grow repulsed with the thought of how much worse her real suffering was. In this case, bad filmmaking is good.
October 06, 2010
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