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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)  »

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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

Jeanne: Words are lies, bodies are truth - I have to show the truth.
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Fascinating insights under the guise of entertaining comedy
22 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Another fabulous movie from Catherine Breillat, this time about the difficulties of shooting a sex scene in a movie. Using comedy – a new genre for Breillat – we get a backstage view of filmmaking but in documentary style. The character who plays the director in the movie is based on Breillat, the sex scene in question is taken from her earlier film ‘A Ma Soeur' as is the main teenage actress. But the film, like all of Breillat's work, is not entertainment alone. It is peppered with philosophical observations on the nature of sexuality as well as demonstrating a devotion to ‘purity' (as opposed to pornography) that is a cornerstone of Breillat's work and a devotion to real emotion. We see the director character harangue the young lead actress and actor to bring the best out in them, hypnotising them into the parts they need to play, bringing out part of themselves that the director can see in them but they cannot see in themselves until they achieve the heights of acting that she demands of them. She makes meaningful movies, not titillation, but she shows the work that is needed to produce this, and so gives us insights both into the (decidedly French) film making process and the psychology of male – female sexuality.


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