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Black Venus (2010)

Vénus noire (original title)
The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yahima Torres ...
Saartjie 'Sarah' Baartman
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Hendrick Caezar
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Réaux
Elina Löwensohn ...
Jeanne
François Marthouret ...
Michel Gionti ...
Jean-Baptiste Berré
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Charles Mercailler, le journaliste
Jonathan Pienaar ...
Alexander Dunlop
Rémi Martin ...
Le premier client du bordel
Jean-Jacques Moreau ...
Henri de Blainville
Cyril Favre ...
Le premier aide naturaliste
Dominique Ratonnat ...
Le 2e aide naturaliste
Didier Bourguignon ...
Le 3e aide naturaliste
Ralph Amoussou ...
Harry, le premier domestique
Alix Serman ...
Matthew, le deuxième domestique
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The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and fortune there. Once in London her master turned manager does nothing but exhibit her as a freak in a phony and humiliating carnival show. After a series of troubles caused by their act, Caesar, Saartje and their new friend, bear-tamer Réaux, head for Paris where once again, and against her will, she has to mimic savagery and expose her body, first in carnivals, then in the aristocratic salons of Paris, later on among the libertines and finally in brothels where she ends up being a prostitute. In the meantime, French anatomists will have taken an interest in her unusual anatomy (enormous buttocks and labia) only to declare her the missing link from ape to man. In 1815, aged only 27, she dies alone, of a combination of pneumonia and venereal disease. Written by Guy Bellinger

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perhaps the most depressing movie ever made
3 July 2013 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

Unless you are as perverted as the Marquis de Sade, you probably will not enjoy this movie. It about is the enslavement and degradation of a Hottentot woman, exploited as a sexual freak. It gets worse and worse and worse ending with her a streetwalker with VD and TB, dying alone. The DVD was behind the counter at the library, for good reason I discovered. I had to turn the DVD machine off several times. I kept hoping somehow fortunes would change for her, or at least some revenge. The movie was simultaneously degrading for the character, and for the actor Yahima Torres who played Saartjie Baartman. I could not believe a modern actress would willing play such a degrading role. She must have been tricked or bullied into it. It is one of the most depressing movies ever made. It leaves you feeling filthy to the core. It is a soft porn movie, but it is much dirtier and disgusting than any hard-core porn movie you would have seen.


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