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Posted October 1, 2010
Catherine Breillat's "Anatomy of Hell," like her earlier "Romance," is ultra-French, and just the sort of European import most American movie-goers will reject outright. Character- not plot-driven, moving often at a glacial pace, the camera dwells for seemingly endless moments on the near expressionless faces of the two protagonists, art-house style, during which we are expected to use out imaginations. This is not "entertainment." Sexually explicit yet not at all arousing, the film deals with the masochistic/sadistic leanings of two neurotic people, a kinky battle-of-the-sexes. What dialogue there is is often supplied by the woman in what reminds of the more militant early feminism of the 60s.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Yet a well-made, well-directed film, though probably not enjoyable to anyone not already thoroughly acquainted with a good deal of Godard, Truffaut, Bertolucci, and yes, Ingmar Bergman.
Posted October 1, 2010
So many people will be offended by the content of the film.
Having seen this movie tonight I must say I was quite shocked at the contents in Catherine Breillats "Anatomy of Hell". I personally thought it shines a light on the darker side of life focusing on the relationship between heterosexual women, "Amira Casar" and a homosexual man” Rocco Siffredi." The film did make me wonder if things like this actually go on in real life. Some parts in this film I personally thought should have been cut. There’s one specific part in this film which made me sick and unfortunately I was drinking cranberry juice unaware of what I was to see next. Some will see this film as an excuse to show tits and willies in an art house film. Others will see this film as beautiful poetry between two distinct characters - we know not their pasts, but we find that they both must discover something about themselves - since they willingly enter into a contract. This may be, on one hand, discovery about one's sexuality, and on the other, discovery of explaining one's sexuality. I am sure many others will see this simply as a pretentious effort at describing feminism. This is an argument of culture, and my view is that human culture is primarily male dominated (the few remaining matriarchal societies are being eradicated by logging :( and so many people will be offended by the content of the film. If you do choose to watch it, watch it as a combination of a documentary and poetry. If you watch this film to the end and are captured then I believe that you have experienced one or more of the aspects shown. If you are not captured, and are possibly reviled, then you are bound by our culture, and conceptions of what moving imagery should be. This is, undeniably, not a bad thing. This is, ultimately, a film of counter-culture. Catherine Breillats films are an acquired taste beware to be shocked this film.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.