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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.

Director:

Catherine Breillat

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Parillaud ... Jeanne
Grégoire Colin ... The Actor
Roxane Mesquida ... The Actress
Ashley Wanninger 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 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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Flach Film [France]

Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French | Portuguese

Release Date:

5 June 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Scènes intimes See more »

Filming Locations:

Portugal

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,370, 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,274, 16 January 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Many of the crew perform their own jobs as the crew within the film. See more »

Quotes

Jeanne: Words are the best chastity belt there is.
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Fascinating insights under the guise of entertaining comedy
22 August 2002 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Another fabulous movie from Catherine Breillat, this time about the difficulties of shooting a sex scene in a movie. Using comedy – a new genre for Breillat – we get a backstage view of filmmaking but in documentary style. The character who plays the director in the movie is based on Breillat, the sex scene in question is taken from her earlier film ‘A Ma Soeur' as is the main teenage actress. But the film, like all of Breillat's work, is not entertainment alone. It is peppered with philosophical observations on the nature of sexuality as well as demonstrating a devotion to ‘purity' (as opposed to pornography) that is a cornerstone of Breillat's work and a devotion to real emotion. We see the director character harangue the young lead actress and actor to bring the best out in them, hypnotising them into the parts they need to play, bringing out part of themselves that the director can see in them but they cannot see in themselves until they achieve the heights of acting that she demands of them. She makes meaningful movies, not titillation, but she shows the work that is needed to produce this, and so gives us insights both into the (decidedly French) film making process and the psychology of male – female sexuality.


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