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Rape Me (2000)
"Baise-moi" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  28 June 2000 (France)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Lancaume ...
Nadine (as Karen Bach)
Raffaëla Anderson ...
Céline Beugnot ...
La blonde au billard
Adama Niane ...
Le garçon au billard
Christophe Claudy Landry ...
Le mec au comptoir
Tewfik Saad ...
Le serveur bar
Delphine McCarty ...
La colocataire (as Delphine Mc Carty)
Ouassini Embarek ...
Radouan
Patrick Kodjo Topou ...
Wanted (as Patrick-Kodjo Topou)
Simon Nahoum ...
Su copain
Karim Chala ...
Su copain
Lisa Marshall ...
La copine de Manu
Hacène Beddrouh ...
La frère de Manu
Patrick Eudeline ...
Francis
Ian Scott ...
Mec 1 viol
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Manu and Nadine lose their last tenuous relationship with main-stream society when Manu gets raped and Nadine sees her only friend being shot. After a chance encounter, they embark on an explosive journey of sex and murder. Perhaps as a revenge against men, perhaps as a revolt against bourgeois society, but certainly in a negation - almost joyful in its senseless violence - of all the codes of a society which has excluded, raped and humiliated them. Controversial for its violence and real sex scenes: a vividly nihilist road movie set in France. Written by H. G. Ziche <hgz@ehess.fr>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Opening Weekend:

$11,199 (USA) (29 September 2000)

Gross:

ESP 16,910,722 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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In Canada, the Ontario Film Review Board originally banned the film because it was too pornographic. The film was re-submitted under a pornographic license, and banned because it was too violent. By then it had been selected for the Toronto Film Festival, and was approved in British Columbia and Québec. On March 8, 2001, the Ontario Film Review Board approved the film, with an R rating. See more »

Quotes

Nadine: [after the two women murder a man] Fuck, we're useless. Where are the witty lines?
Manu: We've got the moves, that's something. We're not that bad, I think.
Nadine: Noooo. I mean, people are dying. The dialogue has to be up to it. Good and crucial, like!
Manu: We can't write it in advance.
Nadine: You're right... That's totally unethical. Let's grab some drink.
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From Cause
Written and Performed by Wei Ji
(P) Pan-Européenne Musique
©2000 Pan-Européenne Musique
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Simply not very good.
8 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Amidst all the controversy about the porno-style sex scenes, random acts of violence, liberal depictions of drug use and so on it seems the central question has been lost - is Baise-moi actually any good? Well, the answer is "No - not really."

It starts well enough, nicely setting up the two main characters with some very well-acted, almost documentary-like scenes. Well, I say nicely - the word seems hardly appropriate when these scenes include Manu and another woman suffering a genuinely harrowing rape while Karen prostitutes herself, along with a liberal smattering of general sex, violence and substance abuse. Nevertheless, the opening is well-played out and directed with surprising flair (especially considering that this is the debut movie for both its directors).

However, when the plot kicks in proper and the two women end up on the run together the film's interest begins to drop fast. Oddly, the further out of control the two protagonists get the less exciting the story is - it gradually becomes a mere retread of countless other low-grade revenge/exploitation movies, simply with a slightly more porno feel. By the denouement, to be brutally honest, I was bored stiff (a stiffness which is nothing to do with the pornographic element of the movie, I assure you).

One of the main problems is the inherent lack of any kind of point. The beginning of the movie seems to be setting the film up as an analysis of our responses to violence - of how an upbringing in a cruel and violent environment can manifest those tendencies in ourselves - and also as a commentary on the parallels and links between violence and the act of fornication. However, it completely fails to deliver on either of these promises in the second and third acts and, increasingly, one gets the feeling the film's only reason for being is that it thinks it is cool. Unfortunately for Baise-moi, it isn't. It's a wasted opportunity. It's only real use is as a shock tactic, but even this is wasted on anyone who's seen a porn film - the violence side of it is no worse than is seen in any number of straight-to-video action/thriller flicks.

Ultimately, all there is to recommend Baise-moi is a couple of impressive acting performances, a few amusing lines of dialogue and a thought-provoking 20 minutes at the start. The rest, sadly, is nothing to get excited about.


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