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François is a film-maker, usually impassive and without affect. He's making a film about women's pleasure as they transgress taboos. He doesn't know that two fallen angels who've been sent to upend him are manipulating his interest. He interviews young women, video tapes screen tests, and selects several for the film. The erotic scenes with them generate off-screen dynamics that may overwhelm the project. His wife is at first ignorant of his venture, then she's put off, and then becomes his assistant. The fallen angels are always close at hand: is François's ruin inevitable? Written by
Francois (Frederic van den Diessche) is a film director whose latest project is to explore female eroticism, in particular any acts that individual women consider taboo. In having auditions, Francois has women perform sexual acts in front of him, with his intention being for the right actresses to star in his film. He soon gathers a trio of women - Charlotte (Maroussia Dubreuil), Julie (Lise Bellynck) and Stephanie (Marie Allan) - who are willing participants at the outset. However, as the trio of women spend more time together the experience begins to have a negative impact on some of them, while Francois seems to lose control of the whole enterprise, ultimately leading to tragic consequences.
Partly based on fact, Brisseau's film may be dismissed as pornography by some but though it depicts a lot of nudity it is tastefully done in addressing female pleasure. However, the premise is too limited to sustain a decent narrative here and some elements, such as two apparitions of fallen angels watching and influencing the protagonists, seemed unnecessary by the end.
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