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Baise-moi (2000)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 June 2000 (France)
Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.

Directors:

Virginie Despentes, Coralie (co-director) (as Coralie Trinh Thi)

Writers:

Virginie Despentes (screenplay), Coralie (screenplay) (as Coralie Trinh Thi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Lancaume ... Nadine (as Karen Bach)
Raffaëla Anderson ... Manu
Céline Beugnot Céline Beugnot ... La blonde au billard
Adama Niane Adama Niane ... Le garçon au billard
Christophe Claudy Landry Christophe Claudy Landry ... Le mec au comptoir
Tewfik Saad Tewfik Saad ... Le serveur bar
Delphine McCarty Delphine McCarty ... La colocataire (as Delphine Mc Carty)
Ouassini Embarek Ouassini Embarek ... Radouan
Patrick Kodjo Topou Patrick Kodjo Topou ... Wanted (as Patrick-Kodjo Topou)
Simon Nahoum Simon Nahoum ... Su copain
Karim Chala Karim Chala ... Su copain
Lisa Marshall Lisa Marshall ... La copine de Manu
Hacène Beddrouh Hacène Beddrouh ... La frère de Manu
Patrick Eudeline Patrick Eudeline ... Francis
Ian Scott ... Mec 1 viol
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Storyline

Manu and Nadine lose their last tenuous relationship with main-stream society when Manu gets raped and Nadine sees her only friend being shot. After a chance encounter, they embark on an explosive journey of sex and murder. Perhaps as a revenge against men, perhaps as a revolt against bourgeois society, but certainly in a negation - almost joyful in its senseless violence - of all the codes of a society which has excluded, raped and humiliated them. Controversial for its violence and real sex scenes: a vividly nihilist road movie set in France. Written by H. G. Ziche <hgz@ehess.fr>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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The film playing during the sex scene is Gaspar Noe's "I Stand Alone" See more »

Quotes

[reffering to a group of policemen at an approaching roadblock]
Manu: Too bad for them.
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Alternate Versions

The Hong Kong version is more heavily cut than UK release. It cuts 2.5 mins of sex and violence. See more »

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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Electro MJ
Written and Performed by Le Peuple de l'Herbe
(P) Pan-Européenne Musique
©2000 Pan-Européenne Musique
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just because it is not totally boring does not mean it's actually any "good"
7 March 2009 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Baise-moi is a movie you might find while rummaging around in your buddy or girlfriend's box of super-secret things. Not even so much a porn closet or drawer, just a place where things that are too horrible and perverse and maybe just personal are stored away from prying eyes. Certainly it's hard to picture many people putting this in their DVD collections right between say Bad News Bears and Batman. But it could be at least considered a "real" film, not entirely a porno (though there's enough to classify it such and it has been in some countries), which helps to criticize it as something other than just trash or boring masturbatory material. To be fair to the filmmakers (one a feminist and one a porn star, sounds like a joke but it isn't), it should be treated as a serious movie that would only be masturbatory to the sickest f***s this side of the bowery. That doesn't really mean it's any good though, or enlightening much on the human condition or, you know, giving a good story.

If there is any story it's all knock-off, like Thelma and Louise re-written by Frank Miller on a lesser day and filmed by a kid who's just got a digital camera and has watched far too many no-budget exploitation movies. It's simply about two women (both also porn stars, which helps to explain why they go for such explicit sex scenes without question), Madine and Manu, who meet one day when one forced the other by gun point to drive her to the ocean, then the two decide to join together to do... whatever, drive, f***, kill, repeat, rinse maybe, reload, quibble, f*** and kill in bigger-numbered capacities. There's is not a very pleasant trip, nor is it entertaining, but it's hard to say if it's really "boring" in the way that exploitation movies can be when they are at their worst. If nothing else, it's not I Spit on Your Grave, which most of us can be thankful for.

It's also shot with some kind of ugly near-yellow tint giving everything a sickened jaundiced look, and acted by porn actresses who barely know two modes to act: Manu is giddy in the most sadistic way or just not giving a damn about what happens to her (rape early on) or how many people she kills (which is a lot, nearing Natural Born Killer numbers by the end I take it), while Nadine is more withdrawn, quiet, an occasional smirk but with less of a real drive to be on this pointless trip except as something to do or be. As it stands Baise-moi today doesn't contain that same shoot-you-in-the-face factor of controversy, but it's also of little philosophical or moral justification either. It's a weak statement done up with plenty of pizazz and punk, it's just gruesome enough for the unapologetic intentions it has.

Baise-moi settles to be more than its contemporary women-getting-revenge-on-the-run flicks, but it doesn't settle to push any boundaries for those outside of hardcore pulp audiences. It has its reasons to exist, and I never turned it off, and yet what's the point of telling someone else to watch it? I haven't the slightest, except as a super-flawed semi-interesting entry in killing spree X-rated adventures.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 June 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rape Me See more »

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Gross USA:

$420,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$940,944
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1.85 : 1
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