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Anatomy of Hell (2004)
"Anatomie de l'enfer" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  28 January 2004 (France)
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A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".

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Alexandre Belin ...
Blow-job lover 1
Manuel Taglang ...
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Man in bar
Claudio Carvalho ...
Boy with bird
Carolina Lopes ...
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Diego Rodrigues ...
Little boy playing doctor (as 'Diogo Rodriques')
João Marques ...
Little boy playing doctor
Bruno Fernandes ...
Little boy playing doctor
Maria Edite Moreira ...
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Maria João Santos ...
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A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's reluctant, but agrees. As the four nights progress, they become more intimate with each other, and a mutual fascination/revulsion develops. By the end of the four-day "contract", these two total strangers will have had a profound impact on each other. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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Director Catherine Breillat wrote 'the man' especially for Rocco Siffredi. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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Strikingly familiar
16 August 2005 | by (Vilseck, Gerrmany) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of this film at the 2004 Rotterdam film festival in The Netherlands. Of all the films shown, this was the one most sought after for viewing.

The Director and two stars of the film answered questions after the movie and I got to meet Rocco in person. He is taller than I would expect. Many people brought porn for him to sign.

Anyway, film was very interesting. I liked the conflict between the woman and the gay man. Both had strong convictions about life and held to their guns. Rocco did a great job showing his emotions and the sex scenes were memorable, even crude at times. It is frightening how we as an audience could relate to them though.

Amira Casar was stunning. I could not keep my eyes of her during the whole movie. And yes, she is just as beautiful in person. Overall the movie was provocative and interesting staying true to form in regards to French Cinema.

Many people asked Catherine Breillat why she would cast Rocco Sifreddi (The number one male porn star in the world) for the male lead. Her answer,"Directors look for the most beautiful women to star in their films. I cast the most attractive men!"


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