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Sex Is Comedy (2002)

Anne Parillaud , Grégoire Colin , Catherine Breillat  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anne Parillaud, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger, Dominique Colladant
  • Directors: Catherine Breillat
  • Writers: Catherine Breillat
  • Producers: António da Cunha Telles, Jean-François Lepetit
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2NCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sex Is Comedy" on IMDb

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Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita) is fiery, sultry and explosively funny as a movie director who’ll do anything to get her shot. For director Jeanne (Parillaud), sex is no laughing matter. She doesn’t find it funny that her two leading actors can’t stand each other when she’s about to shoot the most important moment in her film…the sex scene. The actress objects to nudity, the actor won’t take off his socks, and the only thing heating up between them is their tempers. At her wits’ end, Jeanne tries everything in her power to seduce, intimidate and sweet-talk her reluctant young lovers into performing the film’s sexy final scene!

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
I actually enjoyed this movie. I did not find it boring or dull. I think viewers who approach this expecting another typical Breillat film (provocative, shocking) will indeed find it tedious. It is different from her other films. It doesn't have their sexual/moral agenda. Neither is it a comedy. It is almost documentary-like. I had the impression that I was watching a "Behind The Scenes" featurette that could have been appended to any one of her other films. The whole movie revolves around a director (obviously Breillat herself) who has trouble trying to set up a crucial sex scene in her movie because her two stars detest each other. For much of the movie, we watch her plead, cajole and threaten, her actors into giving her the performance she wants.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Catherine Breillat is one of the greatest filmmakers working today. Her films are extraordinarily accurate in their depiction of the war between the sexes. Too often people are terrified of her work (both the public and the critics), because it's so truthful. This film is a companion piece to her masterpiece Fat Girl, in that it is a depiction of the making of the scene where the older sister ends up having sex with a local suitor. It is not a comedy, it is a Catherine Brelliat film. Many people rent this film thinking it's going to be fun. It's a great film, and it's not frivilous. If you admire Breillat (which you should), you should rent this. If you hate her, stay away, and it's your loss...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch This Movie With Your Socks On July 26, 2010
At some level, every film by Catherine Breillat is about dominant/submissive dynamics in the relations between men and women. In Sex Is Comedy, we get to see these power plays in theme-and-variations, the dominant role reversing and reversing again, sometimes line-by-line. All but a few scenes are between one man and one woman. It is also a brilliant behind-the-scenes look at filming an act of lovemaking, and the absurd amount of effort it takes to film a spontaneous-looking scene. Think of Truffaut's Day for Night plus a prosthetic penis.

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?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EARTHY, PLEASANT, TEASINGLY HUMOROUS! August 12, 2011
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"SiC" is an Art House Comedy; mildly flamboyant, artsy, sophisticated and latently humorous film. Lots of European Cinema has a 1960ish grittiness to it, unlike the more sharply focused and HiDef films of Hollywood. Many of the stories radiate with an aura of 'Real Life', even when depicting Fiction.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie September 5, 2008
The movie shows a fair amount of skin, but that isn't really the point - it is the movie within a movie, and the director being driven nuts by her male lead who is ambivalent about doing the nude scene about which the whole film revolves Anne Parillaud was My Femme Nikita; Catherine Breillat has directed several such films (I think this might have been somewhat more than a little autobiographical - the film within the film resembles "Fat Girl"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars there are better french comedies
Not sure even two stars - it's ok - I laughed some - seems to wander - and the chemistry of protagonists is limited
Published 6 months ago by Alexandra Bernstein
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLY BORING
Definitely a movie in bad taste, no attracts greater interest, the plot is ridiculous. Very bad really. bad, boring and clumsy
Published 8 months ago by javito27
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap. French Pretentious. Very Boring
Crap. French Pretentious. Very Boring. No comedy and no sex either. Ugly. Waste of your time and money. Enough said
Published 12 months ago by California Man
1.0 out of 5 stars slooooooooooooow
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 more
Published 14 months ago by yourobli
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad movie
Terrible movie definitely do not recommend. Weird story line, bad acting, and terrible picture. Looks older than it really is. Do not buy!!!!
Published 16 months ago by Krazy36
1.0 out of 5 stars not to good
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 17 months ago by lynne
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't like it
only made it 10 min into movie. I'm glad I have prime I didn't have to pay. Low budget movie.
Published 19 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding performance made me yawn
Foreign movies are generally better than domestic, not this time.
I was falling asleep watching this on vacation.
Boring ...
Published on October 15, 2010 by maniac
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh la la - Quel desastre!
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 more
Published on September 12, 2010 by Andrew Mcconaghy
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENTE
Catherine Breillat logra una excelente pelicula en la que todo transcurre alrededor de la grabacion de una sola escena y explora las emociones y sentimientos del grupo con un final... Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by MIMM
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