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La jouissance des hystériques (2000)

A director in his midlife-crisis wants to start a new movie and he invites twelve actresses in his flat in Brussels. Every actress tries to convince him of her talent. The director tries to... See full summary »

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Jan Bucquoy ...
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Marie Bucquoy
Natacha Drion ...
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Noël Godin ...
Pierre Mertens
Anne Grandhenry ...
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Evelyne Letawe ...
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Alice Ley
Laure Pointeau ...
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Gail Verhasselt ...
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A director in his midlife-crisis wants to start a new movie and he invites twelve actresses in his flat in Brussels. Every actress tries to convince him of her talent. The director tries to seduce them at the same time but this is not what they want, or at least they do not want to give this impression. When the movie starts, the chosen ones develop into nasty characters who do not listen to their director, f.i. Evelyne quarrels with him. The making of the movie turns into chaos with one of the male characters running after one of the actresses into a river. At the same time the director has to make a travel to Bali to bring back one of his favorites: Gail. The movie is full of quotations of famous writers (Guy Debord) and the title of the movie is the title of a book by Lucien Israël (La Jouisssance de l' Hystérique). The director makes public orations and explains his analysis of capitalism. His call for the revolution is pathetic and it makes the situation at the film set even ... Written by Anonymous

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30 August 2000 (France)  »

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La vida sexual de los belgas 4: Placer e histeria  »

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Follows The Sex Life of the Belgians (1994) See more »

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Tengo de Subir al Puerto
Performed by Germaine Montero
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Sex and the Revolution.
3 June 2002 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie is an introduction into psychoanalysis combined with an apprehension of Marxism, but never in a boring way. In the sixties some youngsters claimed for sex, drugs and rock and roll. That is not the point of this movie. It is the story of a director who thinks that every movie he makes must be: 1. an introduction into the revolution and 2. an exercise in how to seduce women. The director, who looks as a mixture of the Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh or the writer Jan Wolkers and the French television-star Colluche, does not realize that when you make women think independently for the sake of the revolution, that they get more personality and that they become more difficult to seduce. Above all he must keep order in the film studio (in a wood), which is apparently not so easy because at the end the film ends in complete chaos. The director, in fact the main character of the movie, understands that his actresses have grown mature by his own teachings and he must admit that they go their own way: he must also accept from now on his solitude. Funny approach of an "Education Sentimentale" in the film environment.


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