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Sex Is Comedy -- A female director tries to film a sexy scene for her new movie.


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A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Anne Parillaud ... Jeanne

Grégoire Colin ... The Actor

Roxane Mesquida ... The Actress
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
Alfredo 'Alebé' Ramalho ... A grip (as Alfredo Ramalho)
Rudolfo Santos ... A grip
José Cascais ... The property master
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Maia

Directed by
Catherine Breillat 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Catherine Breillat 

Produced by
António da Cunha Telles .... associate producer
Jean-François Lepetit .... producer
Cinematography by
Laurent Machuel 
Film Editing by
Pascale Chavance 
Casting by
João Cayatte 
Michaël Weill 
Production Design by
Frédérique Belvaux 
Art Direction by
Frédérique Belvaux 
Costume Design by
Valérie Guégan 
Makeup Department
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Ana Lorena .... key makeup artist
Iracema Machado .... key hair stylist
Claire Monatte .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sandra Alves .... unit manager
Philippe Delest .... production manager
Cristina Soares .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Santini .... second assistant director
Michaël Weill .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Laure Arto .... sound mixer
Laure Arto .... sound
Frédéric Attal .... sound editor
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Emmanuel Croset .... sound mixer
Emmanuel Croset .... sound
Filipe Gonçalves .... sound
Sylvain Lasseur .... sound editor
Yves Levêque .... sound
Yves Osmu .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Joaquín Amaral .... key grip
Artur Andrade .... electrician
Arnaldo Junior .... electrician
Alfredo 'Alebé' Ramalho .... grip
Bruno Ramos .... assistant camera
Nuno Relvas .... assistant camera
Benoît Rizzotti .... assistant camera (as Benoît Rizzoti)
Nuno Silva .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Pedro Filipe Marques .... assistant editor (as Pedro Marques)
Other crew
Jean-Pierre Billard .... administrator
Clara Cardoso .... administrator
Sara Dantas .... administrator
Blanche Aurore Duault .... publicist
Fátima Ribeiro .... script supervisor
Frédéric Mitterrand .... thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity and dialogue
92 min | France:94 min
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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 »
Jeanne:Words are lies, bodies are truth - I have to show the truth.See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Interesting addition to the film within a film genre, 12 February 2005
Author: rowmorg from Eel Pie Island

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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