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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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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 ...
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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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Trivia

The film explicitly states at the beginning that Amira Casar's sex scenes were done with a body double. Indeed, Casar allegedly told her male co-star Rocco Siffredi that she would not be having sex with him for the purposes of the film. Interestingly, Siffredi himself had a porn double for the opening gay fellatio scene. Despite being a porn star in real life and being very liberal in his sexual proclivities, gay man-on-man sex was apparently a step too far for the Italian. See more »

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The man: The man looks robust and flexible. Having the endless energy, but in fact the mother behind them is twice stronger. Woman is weak, this be a terrible lie. This is a trap.
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artistic
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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