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À L'aventure Review


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À l'aventure, the latest erotic film from France's most lurid enfant terrible Jean-Claude Brisseau, is yet another film meant to be divisive and which I find myself on the fence about. The director's obsessions are still there: the gothic interiors and fascination with architecture, the concept of freedom from one's own self and, of course, the image, sound, and process of the female orgasm. Philosophy and psychoanalysis have their place here, rolling off the tongues of a young man and an older taxi driver, but they're riding shotgun; the female of the species is far more deadly than the male.

Poised like a cobra at a mongoose party, Sandrine (Carole Brana) sits and talks with her girlfriend, taking violent bites of a piece of bread, when a taxi driver (Etienne Chicot) appears next to them. He speaks nonsense about how panties protect and brassieres support and how this all comes back to the prison known as day-to-day life. The friend is offended; Sandrine is enthralled. She will meet with the man throughout the ensuing psychoanalytical pabulum and they will speak of ecstasy, God, freedom, and the stars, amongst other things. In another world, the film could be re-titled These Encounters of Theirs.

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The Exterminating Angels Review


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In Jean-Claude Brisseau's 2002 film Secret Things, two women use their bodies and manipulative theatrics to get ahead at a sterile French bank, only to be flipped by a shark in a cornflake-crisp suit and a sharp tie. Ostensibly, Brisseau was being coy: Secret Things was an exercise in taboo that had the visage of breaking taboo. Following the film, Brisseau was brought up on charges of harassment by actresses that tried out for the roles in his film. Actresses accused him of pushing them to masturbate in front of him (and on camera) as a prerequisite for auditioning for the roles. He was later released with a warning and a term of probation.

Now, he attempts again to find what he calls "a relation to reality" in The Exterminating Angels, a believe-it-or-not dramatization of what occurred during the casting sessions for Secret Things and the emotional backlash felt after. Blended thoughtfully with radio transmissions of free-form poetry, the story uses Frédéric van den Driessche as a stand-in for Brisseau, here named François.

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Secret Things Review


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Man, do the French know how to make porn that doesn't look like porn or what?

Secret Things is an erotic thriller that far transcends what we've come to expect from Shannon Whirry/Marilyn Chambers fare where a threadbare plot is interrupted periodically for a sex montage. Au contraire. Secret Things is the juicy and unapologetic story of two French women: Nathalie (Coralie Revel) is an upscale stripper, and Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou) is a bartender at her club.

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