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Scènes de lit (1998)

Not Rated | | Short, Romance | June 1998 (France)
Seven brief scenes, each with a couple, explore the surprises and the changes of heart that can occur during sexual encounters. Only one of the seven couples has been in bed together before... See full summary »

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François Ozon

Writer:

François Ozon
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Complete credited cast:
Valérie Druguet Valérie Druguet ... The prostitute in 'Black Hole'
François Delaive ... Her john in 'Black Hole'
Camille Japy Camille Japy ... The woman in 'Mr. Clean'
Philippe Dajoux ... Mr. Clean in 'Mr. Clean'
Evelyne Ker ... The woman in 'Madame'
Loïc Even Loïc Even ... The youth in 'Madame'
Lucia Sanchez Lucia Sanchez ... The woman in 'Heads of Tails'
François Genty François Genty ... The man in 'Heads or Tails'
Pascale Arbillot ... The blond in 'Ideal Man'
Régine Mondion Régine Mondion ... The dark-haired woman in 'Ideal Man'
Margot Abascal Margot Abascal ... Virginie in 'Love in the Dark'
Bruno Slagmulder Bruno Slagmulder ... Frank in 'Love in the Dark'
Sébastien Charles Sébastien Charles ... The gay lover in 'The Virgins'
Jérémie Elkaïm ... Paul in 'The Virgins'
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Seven brief scenes, each with a couple, explore the surprises and the changes of heart that can occur during sexual encounters. Only one of the seven couples has been in bed together before; several are strangers or new acquaintances. A prostitute and her john, an older woman and a youth who follows her home, two women friends, a gay man with a straight man, a man with distinctive ideas about soap and water, a woman who wants the light left on, and a Spanish-speaking woman with a French-speaking man make for an array of possibilities and unanticipated consequences. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Romance

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Multiple Views of Why Francois Ozon is a Fine Director
7 June 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

X2000 ('Scenes de lit') is a pastiche of the short films made by Francois Ozon before and during the year 1998. The excellent collection offers tangible proof that Ozon's gifts were well established in short stories before he tackled the important films he has produced to date: 'Swimming Pool', 'Under the Sand', '8 Women', '5X2', 'Water Drops on Burning Rocks', etc. The man has vision, courage in tackling taboo subjects, and a style that remains his own.

'Truth or Dare' is a brief 4 minutes of play among four youngsters (two boys, two girls) who test the limits of fantasy and sexual exploration and the fun little game ends with a most touching 'dare'. 'Little Death' is the longest of the works (and the most engaging) and introduces Paul (Francois Delaive), a gay photographer whose images are those of men's faces during climax, and his lover Martial (Martial Jacques) whose lives are disrupted by Paul's sister Camille (Camille Japy) demanding that Paul visit his estranged, dying father (Michel Beaujard). Paul does so but takes his camera and photographs the nude, near comatose father in a sort of revenge that results in his ultimate resolution of his years of distance.

The next set of very brief clips is entitled 'Bedtime Stories' and is a wonderful glimpse into moments of truth between couples dealing with nascent sexuality, fetishes, May/September encounters, hygiene dilemmas equally spaced among straight, gay and lesbian themes. And the final brief film 'X2000' is merely a millennium dawn with a nude man awakening to the detritus of a New Year's party which includes an aging corpulent bedmate, some voyeurism watching a couple at sexual play and another couple (twin men) sleeping in a zipped bag. It is simple but resounds with messages about the expectations versus findings of a new millennium.

The 64-minute film stands well on its own, but for those who have become fans of Francois Ozon's brilliant full-length films, this little plate of hors d'oeuvres is irresistible. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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