Sex Is Comedy
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This is more a movie about the mechanics of making a film, specifically of shooting a sex scene and the difficult relationship between director and actor.
There isn't much nudity or actual sex in this film (well, at least compared to her other movies), although we do get to see Roxane Mesquida (the pretty sister in Fat Girl) full frontal and Gregoire Colin complete with rampant prosthetic. I can understand why it is derided, especially by fans of Breillat, but you can't expect a director to always provoke or shock. How boring would that be. Here we see her reflecting on the craft of film-making. If you have some interest in film-making or at least how Breillat herself shoots her films, this would be enlightening.
MGM's transfer is in the original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (anamorphic). The source print is clean. Colors are natural. Contrast and sharpness are fine. There is fine film grain throughout although this isn't distracting. Thankfully the English subtitles are optional.
Consider these moments: the male star refuses to take off his socks for the love scene; Jeanne, the female director, gets drunk and mischievously confesses her methods of manipulating actors to the A.D.; the co-star "lovers" can't stand each other--their initial attempts at kissing are described by the director as looking "like a corpse"; waiting for the lighting crew, the male lead paces nervously, his prosthetic erection bobbing up and down, exposed through the slit in his bathrobe. Sound like situation comedy? Well, it is and it isn't. It sets up the situations for comedy, then plays them for drama. This is what makes this often frustrating director one of the greatest living artists of the motion picture.
If you laugh, it is the laughter to relieve dramatic tension. The only scenes truly played for laughs are the attempts to film lovemaking in the movie-within-the-movie. And they are utterly hilarious. Along the way, serious questions are posed, if not answered. Does getting an actor to show an intimate part of himself take away part of his soul? Is the director of such scenes any better than a sort of voyeuristic Caligula, orchestrating something indecent for his or her pleasure?Read more ›
Whether or not the portrayals bare any resemblence to the actual atmosphere(s), and overall shenanigans of a professional Film Set, or Movie Studio is questionable at best, though not taken too seriously, "SEX is COMEDY" does allow the curiosity of imagination to escape which, really provides the fuel to follow it to the last frame. No grotesque nudity, just enough to tell the story without being memorable. Probably a good 90 minutes for anyone interested in studying the Art of Cinematography... ---GBJ
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Not sure even two stars - it's ok - I laughed some - seems to wander - and the chemistry of protagonists is limitedPublished 21 months ago by Alexandra Bernstein
Definitely a movie in bad taste, no attracts greater interest, the plot is ridiculous. Very bad really. bad, boring and clumsyPublished on February 7, 2014 by javito27
Crap. French Pretentious. Very Boring. No comedy and no sex either. Ugly. Waste of your time and money. Enough saidPublished on October 17, 2013 by California Man
I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes. The story in the story, girl and guy on beach trying to make out (that's as far as I got) was annoying. Sorry, just applies to me. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by yourobli
Terrible movie definitely do not recommend. Weird story line, bad acting, and terrible picture. Looks older than it really is. Do not buy!!!!Published on June 27, 2013 by Krazy36
It was a so so story line, not that good. for one thing it was a foreign film. and had to read the whole movie.Published on June 8, 2013 by lynne
only made it 10 min into movie. I'm glad I have prime I didn't have to pay. Low budget movie.Published on March 12, 2013 by Chris
Foreign movies are generally better than domestic, not this time.
I was falling asleep watching this on vacation.
I bought this movie to catch up on Gregoire Colin's antics - to see how he'd graduated from Olivier Olivier and Beau Travail for example. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Andrew Mcconaghy
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