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Sex Is Comedy (2002)

A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other.


Catherine Breillat
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Parillaud ... Jeanne
Grégoire Colin ... The Actor
Roxane Mesquida ... The Actress
Ashley Wanninger ... Leo, the first assistant
Dominique Colladant Dominique Colladant ... Willy
Bart Binnema Bart Binnema ... Director of Photography
Yves Osmu Yves Osmu ... The sound engineer
Elisabete Piecho ... Continuity Girl
Francis Selleck Francis Selleck ... Production Manager (as Francis Seleck)
Diane Scapa Diane Scapa ... The production designer
Ana Lorena Ana Lorena ... The make-up artist
Claire Monatte Claire Monatte ... The other make-up artist (as Claire Monnatte)
Arnaldo Junior Arnaldo Junior ... The chief electrician
Elisabete Silva Elisabete Silva ... The boom operator
Júlia Fragata Júlia Fragata ... The set dresser


Jeanne is a director struggling with a difficult sex scene between two actors who can't stand each other. Aided by her loyal assistant Leo, Jeanne is hell-bent on getting the scene right without compromise. Inspired by Breillat's own experiences (particularly those in "Fat Girl"), "Sex is Comedy" explores the comedy of social manipulations, sex and power that takes place within the confines of a film set. Written by Anonymous

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Come and laugh at the politics of filmmaking and sex.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity and dialogue | See all certifications »

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Many of the crew perform their own jobs as the crew within the film. See more »


Jeanne: Words are the best chastity belt there is.
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References Nelio's Story (1998) See more »


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Performed by Rodrigo Leão (as Rodrigo Leao)
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Interesting addition to the film within a film genre
12 February 2005 | by rowmorgSee all my reviews

It's particularly hard for a director to capture film-making without getting precious, inbred, over-dramatic, or all three. Breillat ably demonstrates the instinctive, lizard-brain methods of a female auteur in extracting from two "cattle" (as Hitchcock called actors) a love-scene of searing intimacy. Her main battle is with her leading man ("an actor is really a woman" she opines), although, naturally, it is the leading lady who will steal the show. I disagree that this is Breillat's first comedy. 'Romance' was at various points hilarious, but I accept that the French sense of humour can be elusive for foreigners; indeed, dozens of IMDb reviewers detected no comedy in Romance. By contrast, Sex Is Comedy raises plenty of laughs, mainly by using an actor's prop that goes back thousands of years to Plautus and the ancient Greeks. We wondered, leaving the theatre, whether Roxane's "beard" was a wig. A lovely performance from Anne Parillaud as Breillat wrestling with her own script, looking ten years younger than her age.

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Flach Film [France]


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Release Date:

5 June 2002 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,370, 24 October 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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