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154 of 169 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2001
Manu and Nadine are two women from different worlds, but fate will bring them together on a bloodbath ride to change their destinies.
When Manu is brutally [abused] she is pushed over the edge with a rage that only killing will cure.
Nadine is a tough-skinned prostitute with a hate for herself and what she has become.
A chance encounter brings the two women together and what ensues is a road trip filled with sex, and blood-shed ultimately forcing the two to question what life has in store for them, and if life is worth living.
Going further into the plot of this movie would be difficult for there is not much to say other than it is VERY SEXUALLY EXPLICIT. The film is a lot like `Thelma And Louise' the only two differences are:
it's in French, and the sex scenes are that of porno films.
Many might be offended by the graphic nature of this film, but the director chose to be hard-core to show the brutal life these women lead. Using men for sex, and then either discarding them or killing them Manu and Nadine enact their revenge for a world they feel has made them monsters.
The two main characters are played by veterans of the French adult film industry, so it should come as no surprise how graphic this movie is, and if anyone is looking for a sexy, erotic film look elsewhere because this isn't it...this movie is a tough and serious depiction of two twisted women on a rage-filled journey into madness.
NOT FOR EVERYONE!
Nick Gonnella
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEon September 9, 2004
"Baise-Moi" is a French film in the grand tradition of notable director Gaspar Noe, the creator of such nihilistic cinematic nightmares as "I Stand Alone" and "Irreversible." In fact, in one scene in this film a character watches a scene from "I Stand Alone" on a television set. One wonders about Noe's reaction to "Baise-Moi." Was he flattered? Intrigued? Inspired to make more movies that might motivate others to create their own brand of extreme cinema? If anything, this film probably shocked the director. Certainly "I Stand Alone" and "Irreversible" are two very difficult films to watch let alone think about, but "Baise-Moi" beats both of them when it comes to sexual situations and disturbing violence. The writer and director of this film are both involved in the European adult film industry, if that tells you anything. Moreover, most of the actors in the picture work in that field as well. After watching this film, I know its appeal to a mass audience will be extremely limited. That's not to say the movie is nothing more than a pastiche of over the top scenes, as "Baise-Moi" most definitely conveys a serious message. Whether that message is original (it's not), or is more effective when portrayed in such an extreme manner, is open to debate.

The movie tells the story of two lower class French women named Manu (Raffaela Anderson) and Nadine (Karen Lancaume). Manu is a wanderer, a lost soul prowling the gritty French streets side by side with drug dealers, harridans, and other assorted riff raff. One day the young girl and a friend encounter a gang of unruly, menacing toughs with only one thing on their minds. After consummating the horrific act, shown in truly nauseating close up, Manu's embitterment about her life and her surroundings grows exponentially. Nadine, on the other hand, has her own unique troubles. Slaving away day after day as a woman of the night, she must continually endure the indignities such a profession thrives on. The filmmakers spare no sensibilities showing us the minutiae of one of her business dealings, perhaps in an effort to convince the viewer how ghastly, how emotionally and physically damaging, the occupation is. After establishing both characters' lives, chance events bring the two together after a local drug dealer perishes. At first, Manu and Nadine do not trust one another, which makes sense considering their rough upbringing. But eventually the two form a twisted bond, a bond requiring both of them to go on a mission of wanton violence against the human race. These are angry women far past the point of feeling an ounce of sympathy toward their fellow citizens. They prey on both men and women in their quest to even wrongs.

"Baise-Moi" is your traditional revenge flick ramped up to high levels of emotional and physical violence. Moreover, and there's no better way to say this, the movie wallows in pornographic images. The filmmakers never shy away from close-ups of the most extreme acts, making this a film definitely unsuitable for kids. Heck, it's probably unsuitable for most adults if you've never seen a mature film. The movie goes so over the top in its depictions of sex and violence that the viewer might lose touch with the message and the performances let alone taking anything said or shown here seriously. Considering the actors in the film probably aren't familiar with the ins and outs of mainstream cinema, their portrayal of damaged human beings works surprisingly well. You can literally feel the two protagonists' rage pouring out of your television screen as one atrocity after another unfolds. Watching "Baise-Moi" sort of makes you wonder how many other ticking time bombs wander through the streets and back alleys of our decaying civilization. I called the film a traditional revenge film, and it is. Just think "Thelma and Louise" taken to explicit dimensions or the "Death Wish" films shot from the point of view of the crime victims to come up with a touchstone.

The title sums up the picture's message. The French infinitive "baiser" translates as "to kiss," but like many words in our language the term carries multiple meanings. The French apparently assigned coarser definitions to the word, colorful usages that I won't get into here except to say that they hint at how men perceive women at different times. On the one hand, kissing points toward healthy emotions such as love and respect. The other meanings of the word conjure up images of misogyny, domination, and physical abuse. "Baise-Moi" challenges us to reconcile these two definitions, boldly stating that you can't have one without the other. Moreover, if society tacitly endorses a dualistic view of the female personality--one positive and the other deserving of negative attentions--don't act surprised when certain women seek retribution for vicious wrongs. Then again, perhaps I'm simply reading too much into this nihilistic excursion. "Baise-Moi" could just as well be a statement on the disintegration of French society due to massive and sustained unemployment, high crime rates, unchecked immigration, and the sudden realization that their waiters' obnoxious attitudes have reached an all time low.

Whatever the film ultimately means, you will never forget the experience of watching it. "Baise-Moi" barely cracks the seventy-minute mark, but you get a bunch of extras on the DVD to take up the slack. A trailer for the film, a photo gallery, and press clippings discussing the notoriety of the picture help flesh out the viewing experience. Crude, abrasive, and challenging--"Baise-Moi" is sure to secure a special place in the realm of extreme cinema for some time to come. Films like this sort of make you wonder what they'll come up with to shock the audience in twenty or thirty years, don't they?
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2001
The film's title does not, translated directly, mean "Rape Me", but "... Me", and the two protagonists do plenty of that in between bouts of violence that probably got this film banned in its country of origin (the French are less tolerant of cinematic bloodshed than of sex).This violence includes an upsetting rape scene, shocking rather than educative as to that horrible crime, which might be what motivates one of the victims' teaming with a prostitute (Catherine Bach)to indulge in casual sex and violence, done with a vulgar amorality which works if only because their portrayals, and situations, seem caricaturish. "Baise-moi" is filmed in grainy, uncomplimentary colours, showing a France different from the one seen by tourists and even viewers of French cinema. The film in neither likeable nor dull, and certain scenes remain in the mind afterward.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2005
Spoilers Alert (Just a warning)!!!

Controversial. Explicit. Uncut. In your face! All true? Big yes. I feel it lives up to all the hype!

Two women kill - separately - two people and they decide to run. They meet at the train station and find out there are no trains going anywhere at that time of the night. They steal a car and go together and leave a trail of destruction behind them.

Combine this with explicit sex (even porn), lots of ultra violence and you've got a clear picture of Baise-Moi. The most controversial thing about this film are the sex-scenes, which are - at times - hardcore. I admire the fact the makers had the guts to film them and even let it pass in the editing room, but I have a suspicious feeling they did it just for the effect (and I'm glad they let it pass the editing room).

The violence is also explicit and sometimes gory. But ladies, nouvelle violence died about seven years ago. They also discuss the fact they should say something cool whenever they kill people. But somehow they never manage to really say anything important, to make a statement. Okay, they are both on the run and one of them was raped earlier in the film, but they never give a clear motivation for the killing. Is it they want to have revenge on "all the men"? Well, later in the film, in a sex-club, they also kill women?

If you look beside the controversy you can see that this a great movie, an evil Thelma and Louise. People should get out of the house more often (watch movies other than the main stream). Enjoy folks.....
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2002
If you can't handle the movie's material, then grow a backbone! but for REMSTAR to not even release the FULL VERSION (this is cut by 12 minutes) and present it in FULL SCREEN format (original aspect ratio is WIDESCREEN) is more shocking and despicable than the film! DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY on the U.S. version! there are other UNCUT/LBX DVD versions out there (I know the Asian version has BOTH theatrical & hardcore versions on 1 DVD!)
the only way to show these GODHEADS at the U.S. releasing companies that WE, the people that put food on their table and allow them to have the lifestyle that they do because WE PAY FOR THEIR LIVES, DO NOT WANT CUT-FULL SCREEN GARBAGE such as this release! email or call REMSTAR and complain about this and force a RE-RELEASE of this great film! (film 5 stars)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2006
Last years tragic suicide of actress Karen Bach at the age of 31 served as, perhaps, an inevitable endgame to the media shadowplay that rendered Biase Moi one of the most powerful and controversial films ever made.

Outraging international audiences with its release in June 2000 Baise Moi did that rare thing which musicians and artists once seemed to do on a regular basis, that is, become a social issue and push the parameters of the status quo to boiling point. Elvis did it and was seen as a communist plot, Breton did it and was accused of anarchy and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring had 1913 Parisians rioting in the streets. But now that the entertainment industry has finally perfected the art of all-out homogenisation; creative endeavour, with very few exceptions, continues to flounder behind the zeitgeist. Baise Moi seized it and buried it in its own blood.

Based on the novel by ex-prostitute Virginie Despentes, who co-directed the film with Coralie Trinh Thi, Baise Moi tells the story of two young women runaways who race each other to oblivion and mean to take anyone who gets in their face with them. The two leads are played convincingly by ex porn stars Raffaella Anderson and the aforementioned Karen Bach. If you can imagine Thelma and Louise on a PCP comedown, you're nearly on the money. This is essential viewing but bare in mind that few profound experiences are happy ones and watching Baise Moi is a perfect example of what this means. This is real and unashamed punk cinema, and to see it on the shelves of Sam Goodies in the `3 for $20' bin must have definitely given a fair few casual punters a bit a jolt once they'd settled in with a bottle of Merlot for a Sunday evening viewing. Believe - as far as commercially available films go - this should carry a government health warning. It barely helps that this is a female led production and thus avoids the cheap and easy `female exploitation' charges as it graphically depicts those staples of the cinematic experience, sex and violence, at a level rarely seen in mainstream cinema.

Baise Moi is the result of a specifically female rage and although Karen Bach's sad exit was not a direct result of having made this film, the road she walked was a dark one - and when you make that journey there will be casualties.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2002
This movie seems to be an either love it or hate it film. I have read and heard quite a few reviews, and none seem to be in the middle. That is somewhat understandable. This is a gory, sexually explicit film, that takes American audiences beyond the comfort provided by the typical movie screening. I walked in not knowing what to expect and walked out feeling as if I had just watched a cracked out version of Thelma and Louis. BE WARNED, the rape scene in the beggining was very difficult to watch. I have a high tolerance for things of graphic nature, and I still felt somewhat disturbed by that scene.
The rest of the movie is easier to watch, but does not dissapoint in tempo. While we are bombarded with killing and sex by these two women, the juxtaposition of the visceral emotions of these women and the caring/loving relationship that they form is what ultimately keeps us fascinated by the film though. Not the porn and violence.
Anyways, rent the movie and pass your own judgement...I personally wouldn't buy it, but I would recommend seeing it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2002
The box claims that this movie is Thelma and Louise with penetration. It's more along the lines of the imfamous tripe called "I Spit on Your Grave". If you are after porn, buy something else, if you are after a good movie, buy something else. Here's the plot, if you can call it that, two women drive across France killing innocent people in gruesome and sickening ways. Every once in awhile they have sex. That's it. On the technical side, this DVD has the worst picture of any DVD I've seen where the source material was post-1930. It's very grainy and looks like it was shot with a home-quality 8mm camcorder. The quality of the manufacture of the disc itself was in question as I hade to put the disc in the player over and over before it would play.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2006
Is this "Thelma and Louise WITH the penetration"? Sure, there is penetration, but there is also so much sex and violence that it becomes hard to connect with any of the characters. With some concentration, though, one can follow the plot. The movie opens with a violent rape of one woman and the brutal killing of the friend of another woman, after which two unlikely companions embark on a rage-filled road-trip. One way to think about this movie is that sex is portrayed as violently and vividly as many modern viewers have come to expect from standard movie gore and violence. It's an eye-opening film, and not easy to digest. Take a chance if the polarized reviews appeal to you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2006
Great film. I don't know if I'd recommend it whole heartedly as erotica - the sex scenes are very graphic but are also over very quickly (you get snapshots of the action in other words not the whole thing) - if you're looking for that kind of thing I'd recommend just going out and buying a porn movie instead. Wonderful storyline with well thought out characters, an unrated very extreme Thelma and Louise as other reviewers have said. Lots of blood and gore so if you're squeamish about that kind of thing be prepared - if you liked the recent movie that came out, Monster, you'll probably like this too.
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