New French Extremity

New French Extremity (or "New French Extremism") is a term coined by Artforum critic James Quandt for a collection of transgressive films by French directors at the turn of the 21st century. The filmmakers are also discussed by Jonathan Romney of The Independent. Quandt describes the style as follows:
“ Bava as much as Bataille, Salo no less than Sade seem the determinants of a cinema suddenly determined to break every taboo, to wade in rivers of viscera and spumes of sperm, to fill each frame with flesh, nubile or gnarled, and subject it to all manner of penetration, mutilation, and defilement."
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1.
Irreversible (2002)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
2.
Sitcom (1998)
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The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality... (85 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
3.
Calvaire (2004)
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A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods. (88 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
 
4.
Carne (1991 Short Film)
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After he thinks that his mute daughter is attacked, a butcher stabs and beats a man, which changes his whole life in a very short time. (40 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
5.
I Stand Alone (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
6.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
7.
In My Skin (2002)
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A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident. (93 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
 
8.
Trouble Every Day (2001)
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Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together... (101 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
9.
Demonlover (2002)
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Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations. (129 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
10.
Criminal Lovers (1999)
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After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods... (96 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
11.
Intimacy (2001)
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A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk. (119 mins.)
 
12.
The Pornographer (2001)
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Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas... (108 mins.)
 
13.
Pola X (1999)
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A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée (134 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
14.
Sombre (1998)
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A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes... (112 mins.)
 
15.
Rape Me (2000)
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Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences. (77 mins.)
 
16.
Secret Things (2002)
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Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine... (115 mins.)
 
17.
Porn Theater (2002)
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In a Parisian porn theater, a cashier, a 50-year-old man and a young projectionist are drawn into a complex love affair. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Nolot
 
18.
High Tension (2003)
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Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
19.
Sheitan (2006)
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A group of youngsters go out to a disco on Christmas Eve and accidentally run into a shepherd who has prepared himself for a night of pure insanity. (94 mins.)
Director: Kim Chapiron
 
20.
Frontier(s) (2007)
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A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
 
21.
Assassin(s) (1997)
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Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max... (128 mins.)
 
22.
Time of the Wolf (2003)
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When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process. (114 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
23.
13 Tzameti (2005)
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A man takes over a dead man's task but doesn't realize the horror it entails. (93 mins.)
Director: Géla Babluani
 
24.
Caché (2005)
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A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
25.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
26.
Inside (2007)
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
 
27.
The Horde (2009)
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An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies. (90 mins.)
 
28.
Mutants (2009)
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In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a resourceful couple hides out in an isolated abandoned building. The woman is pregnant and the man is infected, slowly transforming into the kind of inhuman monster they are trying to escape. (95 mins.)
Director: David Morley
 
29.
The Pack (2010)
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One winter morning, while driving through the desolate French countryside, traveler Charlotte picks up hitchhiker Max. Together they stop at a roadside diner, where a strange and depraved horror awaits. (84 mins.)
Director: Franck Richard
 
30.
In Their Sleep (2010)
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Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs... (84 mins.)
 
31.
Humanité (1999)
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When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers. (148 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont