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Sex Is Comedy (2002)

A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other.

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Cast

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Ashley Wanninger ...
Leo, the first assistant
Dominique Colladant ...
Willy
Bart Binnema ...
Director of Photography
Yves Osmu ...
The sound engineer
Elisabete Piecho ...
Continuity Girl
Francis Selleck ...
Production Manager (as Francis Seleck)
Diane Scapa ...
The production designer
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
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Storyline

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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Come and laugh at the politics of filmmaking and sex.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,370, 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,274, 16 January 2005
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Trivia

The clapper-board on the internal movie gives the director as Jeanne Wanninger, and the DP as Bart Binnema. Binnema is the actor playing the DP; the surname of the director Jeanne (played by Ann Parillaud) is borrowed from the actor playing her assistant, Léo. See more »

Quotes

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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Interesting addition to the film within a film genre
12 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's particularly hard for a director to capture film-making without getting precious, inbred, over-dramatic, or all three. Breillat ably demonstrates the instinctive, lizard-brain methods of a female auteur in extracting from two "cattle" (as Hitchcock called actors) a love-scene of searing intimacy. Her main battle is with her leading man ("an actor is really a woman" she opines), although, naturally, it is the leading lady who will steal the show. I disagree that this is Breillat's first comedy. 'Romance' was at various points hilarious, but I accept that the French sense of humour can be elusive for foreigners; indeed, dozens of IMDb reviewers detected no comedy in Romance. By contrast, Sex Is Comedy raises plenty of laughs, mainly by using an actor's prop that goes back thousands of years to Plautus and the ancient Greeks. We wondered, leaving the theatre, whether Roxane's "beard" was a wig. A lovely performance from Anne Parillaud as Breillat wrestling with her own script, looking ten years younger than her age.


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