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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

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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)  »

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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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Sharp and deeply sexy
1 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I like Breillat's movies, but this one is the best I've seen at balancing animal warmth with sexual intelligence. Anne Parillaud is electric, and the script is amazing - especially considering it's supposed to take place on the set of another of Breillat's movies. You don't have to agree with her take on everything to get a lot out of this. It made me think a lot about vulnerability and power. Try to imagine a male director with Jeanne's openness - not impossible, but a little mind-bending. The unannounced sexual undercurrents that are always present when humans get together to make anything is held up to bright light here, but not a cold light.


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