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Anatomy of Hell (2004)

Anatomie de l'enfer (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 January 2004 (France)
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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Anatomy of Hell  »

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


The woman: A woman like you can chase the vision to concentrate only at my body for how long.
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »


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29 July 2006 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

'Anatomie de l'Enfer' brings to the screen a young woman hiring a gay man to watch her in her intimacy during her 'inwatchable' period. Set in a minimally furnitured house, like the Parisian apartment in 'Last tango', it tries to be the opposite of the classic movie. Where 'Tango' was sexy, 'Anatomie' is disgusting. Attaction is transformed into repulsion. Meaningful silence is treaded for meaningless speech, and while the movie tries to say a lot about the relationship between sexes, it succeeds to say very little, and it does it in many many words on screen or off-screen, but none cinematographic or raising real interest. The film is well acted and the cinematography is good, but the feeling I got after watching it was of a badly spent amount of talent with a largely boring result.

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