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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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Taglines:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Jeanne: Words are lies, bodies are truth - I have to show the truth.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Anatomy of Hell (2012) See more »

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The politics of filmmaking....
23 March 2015 | by mifunesamuraiSee all my reviews

This is Breillat's more accessible film, if you are offended by her other movies that tend to have full frontal nudity and explicit sexual scenes. It is also her most intelligent film, where words are at play and relationships are tested.

The backdrop is a movie set, and director Jeanne has a dilemma with her actors, a fear of that big sex scene. She plays and manipulates her stars, creating a mix emotion of tension and harmony. After all it is her movie and reputation on the line, because the credit on the screen will read; A FILM BY...

Breillat's approach to this is subtle, looking into the anxieties of the director, the manipulation and mistreatment of actors, and the wonderful world of politics on the crazy film set where dreams are made.


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