Sex is Comedy (4/10)
by Tony Medley
This is advertised as “a film
by Catherine Breillat,” with no script credit, so I assume that she
wrote and directed. One of her credits is as an actress in the notorious
Last Tango in Paris (1972), which received an NC-17 rating
because of a hot sex scene between Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider.
This film is about a
director, Jeanne (Anne Parillaud; is it a coincidence that this was the
name of Schneider’s character in ‘Tango?) who is trying to direct
The Actor (Grégoire
Colin) and The Actress (Roxane Mesquida) through an intimate sex scene.
The actors hate each other but
Grégoire seems to have the hots for
uncooperative and The Actress is unenthused. Jeanne must appeal to both
to get through the scene. The point seems to be that what seems hot when
seen on the screen, isn’t at all titillating when actually shot. Part of
the story apparently involves a prior relationship between Jeanne and
The Actor. Both The Actor and The Actress come across as petulant
thing I couldn’t understand was the emotional reaction of The Actress
after the filming was done. Ostensibly the sex was simulated. Why was
she so distraught?
could have been an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the making of a
movie, and even though there is substantial full frontal nudity of both
The Actor and The Actress, and even though the film is only 92 minutes
long, it is a bore. I had a very hard time staying awake.
October 28, 2004