Exterminating Angels (English Subtitled) NR

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This erotic masterpiece from Cannes follows a filmmaker who is conducting an experiment by casting actresses with the best fake orgasm. Based on true events.

Frédéric van den Driessche, Maroussia Dubreuil
1 hour 44 minutes

Exterminating Angels (English Subtitled)

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, International
Director Jean-Claude Brisseau
Starring Frédéric van den Driessche, Maroussia Dubreuil
Supporting actors Lise Bellynck, Marie Allan, Sophie Bonnet, Raphaële Godin, Margaret Zenou, Jeanne Cellard, Virginie Legeay, Estelle Galarme, Marine Danaux, Apolline Louis, François Négret, Christophe Maillard, Françoise Bonnet, Olivier Perrot, Jean-Claude Brisseau, María Luisa García, Aymeric Petit, Georges Prat
Studio IFC Film
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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The film has some merit in the exploration of sexuality but it is too myopic in scope.
He was forced to fire her but since the women "loved" him there would be not be any "professional understanding."
If you're looking for a lot of girl on girl action and don't mind reading your porn, this one might be for you.
Harvey Wren Jr.

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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
Format: DVD
I thought this was a decent film and I understand where the director was getting at. It's not easy to talk about and can be read on different levels. It presents itself as a fairly straightforward, commercial film with all the necessary ingredients to summon a huge, mainly masculine, crowd. "The Exterminating Angels" tells the story of filmmaker François (Frédéric van den Driessche) who aims to make a film exploring female eroticism, during pre-production he put two women, Charlotte (Maroussia Dubreuil) and Julie (Lise Bellynck) to the test by filming them have sex, then a third joins, waitress Stéphanie (Marie Allan) in and they develop a close sexual bond. So much so that they begin to enjoy the thrill of having sex in front of François who they grow to covet. The relationship becomes dangerous when François discovers that temptation, jealousy and lust puts his film in jeopardy.

First of all, some may call me ignorant but I have no idea what the meaning of the angles are in this film? The symbolism slipped by me. They watch over the filmmaker and occasionally influence situations, other than that it's a mystery. Perhaps it's a statement about those that watch over us may also have the power to mess with us? Furthermore this film is an incredibly male-centred fantasy piece that pushes the envelope. It's a total "I wish" movie to see a bunch of ladies get it on? It seemed like Brisseau was playing out his fantasy by proxy through the character François or to a certain extent using the character as a means to justify what he asks women to do for his films. Some may call it sophisticated art while others porn but the bottom line is that the film does features some erotic scenes, many of which are border-line porn.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Allan M. Lees on April 27, 2011
Format: DVD
Director Jean-Claude Brisseau seems to be using this movie to proclaim his innocence after being on the sticky end of a fair amount of criticism following his first "female masturbation movie" Choses Secrets. So here he's showing us what went on behind the camera, supposedly, and telling us that really he's been misunderstood and wrongly accused. Well, I suppose if you can get a budget for what is essentially a 100+ minute essay on "why I'm really a nice guy" then more power to you.

French movies, in years gone by, often seemed to be on the edge of tipping over into self-indulgence and wilful obscurantism. Sad to say, this movie is guilty of the same thing. In a way you can almost imagine it inspired by Peter Greenaway - though there's none of Greenaway's elaborate framing, just his penchant for obscure symbolism.

Perhaps the biggest problem with the film is that it is pursuing the director's own personal obsession with female sexuality in much the same way as Choses Secrets (and later A l'Aventure) without actually developing beyond what was explored in the earlier film. Yes, it's charming to watch pretty women masturbate and Brisseau is to be commended for seeing sexuality as something potentially ecstatic and mystical, rather than merely mundane. But he explores this trope relentlessly through the narrow passageway of female masturbation and in the end the corridor is simply too narrow to enable him to develop his theme adequately. Although it seems difficult to imagine in the abstract, the fact is that after a while the repetition is simply boring. The director lacks the breadth and depth of vision necessary to move beyond the obvious. In the end it feels like we're watching a big-budget art school project where the ambition is much greater than the talent available.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By K. Driscoll on August 8, 2007
Format: DVD
Ironically, The Exterminating Angels seems to be a critique on making sexually explicit and arousing films, but at the same time it certainly is one. It just so happens to be the highest quality of its ilk that I've seen since perhaps The Dreamers. Looking briefly at other recent movies that The Exterminating Angels may be compared to (i.e. 9 Songs, Shortbus) it isn't as graphic and it strictly involves female sexuality and nudity. There is a massive amount of nudity in The Exterminating Angels, but only a few shots go over the line in terms of acceptable content in mainstream American films. Some angles in The Exterminating Angels show absolutely every part of the actresses' bodies. I felt it was justified given the fundamentally sexual subject matter and there were actually many opportunities in this movie to show even more nudity but it didn't, so I'm not sure we can definitely call it gratuitous. It definitely would've been a lesser film without it, and I mean that as both a stern critic and as a libidinous male.

The Exterminating Angels is about François, a filmmaker who needs to find several uninhibited actresses who are not afraid to appear in his explicit semi-improvisational film. He wants actresses and not porn stars because porn stars have been there and will not transfer effectively to his vision of taboos and unexplored female sexuality. In other words, the actresses have not been exploited yet and that is what he wants to show. We get the feeling that Francois is a very serious filmmaker.

François is visited by his dead Grandmother in the middle of the night and she warns him of the future. As François begins his search for the right actresses, he comes across a girl who willingly experiences a real climax at her audition, and it is her first time ever.
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