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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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Cast overview:
The woman
The man
Alexandre Belin ...
Blow-job lover 1
Manuel Taglang ...
Blow-job lover 2
Jacques Monge ...
Man in bar
Claudio Carvalho ...
Boy with bird
Carolina Lopes ...
Little girl
Diego Rodrigues ...
Little boy playing doctor (as 'Diogo Rodriques')
João Marques ...
Little boy playing doctor
Bruno Fernandes ...
Little boy playing doctor
Maria Edite Moreira ...
Pharmacist 1
Maria João Santos ...
Pharmacist 2
Pauline Hunt ...
Amira Casar's stand-in
Narrator (voice)


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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For the close-ups of the female sexual parts, Catherine Breillat deliberately chose a body double for Amira Casar who was quite hairy. This was to counter expectations of female nudity in film and also to reinforce the male character's aversion to what he sees in a naked woman. See more »


The woman: And which makes you more afraid of, death of stupid? Everything lies in to suggest and implore. Everything lies in the proposal, and your demand. This is so-called the disappointment for the first-time. Then it is nothing. Everything are all hypocritical. Just that superficial appearance.
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8 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first movie I saw from writer/director Catherine Breillat. I liked it so much that I also saw Romance, and A real young Girl. I'm looking forward to Fat girl, and 36 Filette which I've heard good reviews on. The DVD for Anatomy of Hell has an interview with Catherine Breillat that I thought was very interesting and I highly recommend watching it right after the movie. Anatomy of Hell focuses on a women {Amira Casar} paying a homosexual man {Rocco Siffredi} to watch her in her home during her most private moments. It contains graphic sexual material but in a learning context. The woman's character seems to want to take the shame out of being a women by showing a man {who is disgusted by women} her most feminine self. By doing so they connect on a very raw level. I enjoyed the movie. If you like Catherine Breillat's particular form of artistry you may like some of her other movies as well.

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