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Anatomy of Hell (2004)

Anatomie de l'enfer (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 January 2004 (France)
A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".

Director:

Catherine Breillat

Writer:

Catherine Breillat (based on the novel "Pornocratie")

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Amira Casar ... The Woman
Rocco Siffredi ... The Man
Alexandre Belin Alexandre Belin ... Blow-job lover 1
Manuel Taglang Manuel Taglang ... Blow-job lover 2
Jacques Monge Jacques Monge ... Man in bar
Claudio Carvalho Claudio Carvalho ... Boy with the Bird
Carolina Lopes Carolina Lopes ... Little Girl
Diego Rodrigues Diego Rodrigues ... Little boy playing doctor (as 'Diogo Rodriques')
Diogo Rodriques Diogo Rodriques ... Boy Playing Doctor
João Marques João Marques ... Boy Playing Doctor
Bruno Fernandes Bruno Fernandes ... Little boy playing doctor
Maria Edite Moreira Maria Edite Moreira ... Pharmacist 1
Maria João Santos Maria João Santos ... Pharmacist 2
Catherine Breillat ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's reluctant, but agrees. As the four nights progress, they become more intimate with each other, and a mutual fascination/revulsion develops. By the end of the four-day "contract", these two total strangers will have had a profound impact on each other. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 January 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomy of Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Ericeira, Portugal

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film explicitly states at the beginning that Amira Casar's sex scenes were done with a body double. Indeed, Casar allegedly told her male co-star Rocco Siffredi that she would not be having sex with him for the purposes of the film. Interestingly, Siffredi himself had a porn double for the opening gay fellatio scene. Despite being a porn star in real life and being very liberal in his sexual proclivities, gay man-on-man sex was apparently a step too far for the Italian. See more »

Quotes

The woman: The woman is the man's disease.
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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the worlds gone to hell!!!!!!!!!
3 July 2004 | by 10166794See all my reviews

I haven't bothered to review a film for a while as it's essentially a pointless task, but I am forced to action (as a person of action might say).

WHY!?!?!? do people have a problem with sex in films. There are rumours that this film is being appealed against in Australia with the intention to ban it!! I do not find breasts offensive, not pubic hair. I certainly don't find a penis offensive, or I would be forced to slice mine off... (I'm quietly admiring of Rocco's, wish mine looked more like his)... so I don't have a problem with those things being portrayed in Anatomie de L'Enfer. There are a few challenging images in the film, but what is wrong with being challenged. Indeed, how could you go into this film and be shocked, the poster let's on what you are in store for, the films rating lets you know!

Why do adults have a problem with two adult characters discussing sex in a film? I thank Einstein that we have films other than the 'lets switch off our brains' U.S films (which there is a time and place for) to sometimes get our teeth into.

Lets cherish Catherine Breillat and look forward to her next production; I for one would love to meet her.

Cheers.


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