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

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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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28 June 2000 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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ESP 16,910,722 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Banned in Australia. It was initially released to a select audience, but the federal government used police to shut down the screenings. See more »

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La frère de Manu: Where did you get those bruises from?
Manu: They're from fucking dickheads like you! They always have to hit someone in order to feel alive.
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Written by Valérie Layani, Thierry Cabecas and Varou Jan
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Unpleasant, unnecessary.
30 April 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is one of the rare movies that I did not immediately discuss with my friends after watching it. This wasn't because it had particularly entranced or impressed me. The contrary, it had given me nothing at all.

Why? Because somehow, everything was so much overdone that I couldn't take this film seriously anymore. There was so much sex and violence that I got the strong impression that the film was trying very, very hard to be offensive, as if it was aiming at superlatives in ugliness, rather than in telling a convincing tale about two women caught in a spiral of crime.

Baise-moi had been described as "Thelma & Louise with actual sex" to me. Well, it is true that the main idea is similar. There are two women traveling through the country because they've committed crimes and know that their lives are finished now, that the police are going to catch them, and they decide that now that everything's over anyway, there is no way to hold back.

Baise-moi had been described as a feminist film where women, who had suffered from male dominance in the past, exact revenge upon the men that they encounter.

This is something that I had never interpreted into this film, simply because none of these women had ever been innocent, and because they do not just kill irresponsible, violent men, but also men that they seduce themselves, men that show the sense of wanting to do protected sex. And they kill women. No, they are in no way better than the characters that they encounter and murder in hideous, brutal ways.

How easily the "heroines" decide to murder, and how much pleasure they take in it, made it absolutely impossible for me to relate to them in any way, or even take them seriously. It was just all too much. Too much sex, too much violence. I got the feeling that sex and violence were only there in order to create a superlative in ugliness, rather than in conveying a story, or making a point.

Baise-moi left me with no impression, hadn't set me thinking, because it was so far removed from any real world. So constructed, unrealistic and over the top.

There was nothing that I could do with this film, there was simply nothing about it to think about, other than "Why did they make this terrible film?" Had the intense unpleasantness going on in this film, served a purpose, I'd easily accepted it. But since I found nothing, since the film's story appeared to be not more than an excuse to squeeze as much and as ugly sex as possible into one film... I filed it away under "unnecessary torture", decided to never ever, EVER, watch this film again, and I now consider this to be the worst film I've ever seen.

Worst, not just because it really isn't my cup of tea to watch people get raped, rape, have sex in other forms and kill one another... but because whatever it was that the makers wanted to tell the world with their film... if they wanted to say anything at all... it just didn't work. And there's nothing else that could save this film, because it's also filmed in such an ugly style.


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