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Rape Me (2000)

Baise-moi (original title)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Lancaume Karen Lancaume ... Nadine (as Karen Bach)
Raffaëla Anderson 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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 June 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rape Me See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,199, 29 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,793, 29 April 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The stars and a director are adult film stars. See more »

Quotes

La colocataire: A girl with character scares men. They feel less virile. They are all sissies, that's what they are.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in My Tango with Porn (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Cash
Performed by Pussy Killer
Written by Delphine Palatsi and Jennifer Cardini
(P) Pan-Européenne Musique
©2000 Pan-Européenne Musique
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Such a shame
3 March 2005 | by winkimationSee all my reviews

It always interests me that anyone can really call this porn. This is an interesting film, even if you think it's 'crap'. Why is it that all the men I know who've watched it, think it's crap? I teach this film as part of a course and without fail all male students thus far have said it's 'not porn' and the thing they most objected to was seeing 'grannies doin' it'. Could it be the fact that for once we actually see men's faces when they come that disturbs so much? What we never or rarely see in porn, is a male appearing vulnerable. In Baise-Moi this is explored. As is said above, yes the 'plot' may be virtually non-existent, but isn't that the case with most regurgitated mainstream films anyway? This film isn't about stimulating an audience sexually, be they male or female, indeed it is just as objectionable to women as it is to men. But I do believe that the reasons are different. The feedback I've received is that men are expecting to be aroused either through plot, character or scenes of a blatant sexual nature. Women are generally just intrigued and then often put off by the violence - by the women - that is often apparently unmotivated. We don't really see films where women are violent without 'good' cause, it's too disturbing and dispels too many myths that potentially undermine society, supposedly. Only just over a decade ago a film, which by comparison views like Bambi, was almost not made because it depicted 'female violence'. Thelma and Louise was viewed as a rather risky production.

So I'm not surprised that Baise-Moi gets a slating. It may well be all those things that the above reviewer suggests, and indeed there are elements I agree with. But this is an important film, even if you watch it just to hate it. If you do hate it, all I ask is that you really think about why you hate it. If you want CGI, predictable narrative structure, drip-feed invisible editing, and to feel absorbed and immersed (I knock none of these things), then don't bother. If you're a thinking person who has an inquiring mind, give it a go.


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