Sex Is Comedy (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  5 June 2002 (France)
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A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Actor
The Actress
Ashley Wanninger ...
Dominique Colladant ...
Bart Binnema ...
Yves Osmu ...
Elisabete Piecho ...
Francis Selleck ...
Production Manager (as Francis Seleck)
Diane Scapa ...
Ana Lorena ...
The make-up artist
Claire Monatte ...
The other make-up artist (as Claire Monnatte)
Arnaldo Junior ...
The chief electrician
Elisabete Silva ...
The boom operator
Júlia Fragata ...
The set dresser


Jeanne is a director struggling with a difficult sex scene between two actors who can't stand each other. Aided by her loyal assistant Leo, Jeanne is hell-bent on getting the scene right without compromise. Inspired by Breillat's own experiences (particularly those in "Fat Girl"), "Sex is Comedy" explores the comedy of social manipulations, sex and power that takes place within the confines of a film set. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity and dialogue | See all certifications »

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5 June 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Scènes intimes  »

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$3,370 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$40,274 (USA) (14 January 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Many of the crew perform their own jobs as the crew within the film. See more »


The Actor: You're in good spirits.
Jeanne: Yes, I am. I think life is hilarious.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Anatomy of Hell (2012) See more »

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All about a director directing a film and little more.
27 February 2005 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Sex is Comedy" is an open ended light drama about a film director, Parillaud (Nikita), working on a film toward the sex scene between her young male and female leads. There's no story in this film which simply shows how a director might work with her cast and crew while trying to squeeze, cajole, or otherwise evoke the nuances she desires from the a recalcitrant male lead and his reluctantly willing partner while wrangling cameras and crews and the foibles which beset a film director at work. This film conjures some insights into what being a film director involves and the hard work required of cast and crew while making a film and, I suppose, the techniques and methods of this film's director, Brelliat. There are similarities between the sex scene in this film and that in another Brelliat film, "Fat Girl", which is little more than noteworthy. "Sex is Comedy" doesn't walk on the edge of pornography as do other Brelliat films and will be of most interest to those interested in film direction Brelliat style. (B-)

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